Dick Cheney joined Halliburton Company on October 1, 1995 as President and Chief Executive Officer. On January 2, 1996 he became Chairman of the Board. Mr. Cheney comes to Halliburton after a long and distinguished career in government, culminating in four years as Secretary of Defense in the Bush Administration.
Mr. Cheney grew up in Wyoming and earned BA and MA degrees from the University of Wyoming.
In 1969 he joined the Nixon Administration and served in a number of positions at the Cost of Living Council, the Office of Economic Opportunity and the White House. He left the government in 1973 to become Vice President of Bradley, Woods and Company, an investment advisory firm.
When Gerald Ford assumed the Presidency in August of 1974, Mr. Cheney was invited to serve on the transition team and later as Deputy Assistant to the President. In November 1975, he was named Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff, a position he held throughout the remainder of the Ford Administration.
Returning to his home state of Wyoming in 1977, Mr. Cheney was elected to serve as the state’s sole Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. He was re-elected five times. At the end of his first term his Republican colleagues elected him to serve as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. He later became Chairman of the Republican Conference and House Minority Whip, the second-ranking GOP leader.
As Secretary of Defense from March 1989 to January 1993, Mr. Cheney directed two of the largest military campaigns in recent history—Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East. He was also responsible for shaping the future of the U.S. military in an age of profound and rapid change as the Cold War ended. For his leadership in the Gulf War, Mr. Cheney was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush on July 3, 1991.
After leaving the Defense Department in 1993, Mr. Cheney served as a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and lectured widely around the country. He currently serves on the board of directors of Proctor & Gamble, Union Pacific and EDS. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University and the American Enterprise Institute.
In November, 2000 Dick Cheney was elected the Vice President of the United States of America and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Lynne. They have two grown daughters, Mary and Elizabeth.
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