Lynne Cheney

Born:August 14, 1941 (age 82)
Career:Second lady of the United States, 2001-2009
Education:B.A., Colorado College
M.A., University of Colorado-Boulder
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lynne Ann Cheney served as second lady of the United States from 2001-2009. She is the wife of the 46th vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney.

Cheney was born on August 14, 1941, in Casper, Wyoming. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Colorado College, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and a Ph.D. in 19th century British literature from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Cheney served as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1986-1993 and on Lockheed Corporation's board of directors from 1994-2001. From 1995-1998, she served as the co-host of the Sunday edition of CNN's Crossfire. She also served as a chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, senior fellow in education and culture at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and director of Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

During her tenure as second lady, Cheney was an advocate against violent and sexually explicit lyrics in popular music and video games. She is the author or co-author of a number of books, many about American history.


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