Richard Bruce Cheney (born January 30, 1941) served as the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 in the administration of George W.
Cheney was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, but soon moved with his family to Casper, Wyoming, where he grew up.
He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A.
Steiger, eventually working his way into the White House during the Ford administration, where he served as White House Chief of Staff.
In 1978, Cheney was elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives from Wyoming; he was reelected five times, eventually becoming House Minority Whip.
Cheney was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the presidency of George H.
Bush, holding the position for the majority of Bush's term.
During this time, Cheney oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, among other actions.
Out of office during the Clinton presidency, Cheney was chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000.
Cheney joined the presidential campaign of George W.
Bush in 2000, who selected him as his running mate.
After becoming Vice President, Cheney remained a very public and controversial figure.