Lynne Cheney

Born:August 14, 1941 (age 79)
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, an author, scholar, and former talk-show host, served as second lady of the United States from 2001 to 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 to 1993 and on Lockheed Corporation's board of directors from 1994 to 2001. In 1995, she founded American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a think tank devoted to reforming higher education. From 1995 to 1998, she served as the co-host of the Sunday edition of CNN's Crossfire. She is currently a senior fellow in education and culture at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and serves as a 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 several books, including "Executive Privilege" (1979), "Sisters" (1981), "American Memory: A Report on the Humanities in the Nation's Public Schools" (1987), "Academic Freedom" (1992), "Telling the Truth" (1995), "Kings of the Hill: How Nine Powerful Men Changed the Course of American History" (1996), "The Body Politic: A Novel" (2000), "America: A Patriotic Primer" (2002), "A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women" (2003), "When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots" (2004), "A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America" (2005), "Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America" (2006), "Blue Skies, No Fences: A Memoir of Childhood and Family" (2007), "We the People: The Story of Our Constitution" (2008), and "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered" (2014).