Politics Who is Liz Cheney? House Republicans' No. 3, daughter of a VP, Trump critic
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WASHINGTON — Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who heads the House GOP conference, is facing an all-but-guaranteed ouster over her refusal to accept former President Donald Trump as the center of the party and endorse his false claims of election fraud.
Cheney was one of 10 Republicans in the House to vote for Trump's impeachment over his alleged incitement of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, and has since remained firm in her belief that Trump's rhetoric led to the violence.
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GOP Makes a Choice: Donald Trump Over Liz CheneyWhen Liz Cheney voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump back in January, her fellow Republicans were able to set that aside as a vote of conscience. Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House and a mainstay of conservative politics for decades, told her colleagues that she’d never apologize for sticking with her convictions. Even her critics admired the swagger. The attempt to remove her from the post failed by a 61-to-145 margin. If that’s what Cheney believed to be true, so be it.
Trump andhave called for her to be removed from her leadership position and said she should be voted out of office, with a caucus vote on her removal reportedly in the works for next week.
In her words:
Who is Liz Cheney? Here's what to know about her:
Cheney's family legacy
The Wyoming Republican is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney — who served alongside former President George W. Bush — and former second lady Lynne Cheney.
Before Dick Cheney was vice president, he, too, held the same House leadership role his daughter occupies in the late 1980s, and went on to be House minority whip and a secretary of defense.
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Liz Cheney is married to Philip Perry, and they have five children.
She had a public rift with her younger sister, Mary Cheney, around 2013 due to her opposition to same-sex marriage despite her sister's marriage to a woman.
In Congress since 2017
The third-ranking Republican in the House, Cheney is also Wyoming's only representative due to its small population.
The 54-year-old has held her seat in the House since 2017, and assumed her title as chair of the Republican conference in 2019, under House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
She serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
Scalise backs Stefanik:
Liz Cheney is set to be removed from her post as House GOP Conference chair. What does the chair do?
Liz Cheney holds the third-ranking position among House Republicans, a role she was elected for by her fellow Republican members of Congress. Cheney avoided another attempt to remove her from leadership in February just after her vote to impeach Trump and statements blaming him for the riot, but this time around there is more pressure from Republican lawmakers to see her gone. "The House GOP has a massive opportunity to upgrade this week from warmonger Liz Cheney to gifted communicator Elise Stefanik," Trump said in a statement on Tuesday.
Cheney has a 98% positivity rating from the conservative, which rates lawmakers based on their voting records' alignment with the think tank's political arm.
According to an analysis by, Cheney voted in line with Trump 92.9% of the time while he was in office.
Before she was in the House, Cheney ran an unsuccessful bid for a Wyoming Senate seat in 2013 and 2014, promising to align herself with Tea Party favorites at the time. She discontinued her campaign citing family health reasons.
She was also a former State Department official in Bush's administration and was a practicing international law attorney.
Cheney'slong earned her rebukes from fellow Republicans, with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., calling for her to step down well before her vote to impeach. When Trump refused to wear a face mask in public amid the coronavirus pandemic, Cheney tweeted a photo of her father in a mask with the hashtag #realmenwearmasks. She took frequent swipes at Trump, mostly over policy differences.
House GOP set to vote on ousting Trump critic Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership
Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, has repeatedly bashed Trump for spreading the lie that the 2020 election was rigged against him. Your browser does not support this video House Republicans are expected to vote Wednesday on whether to strip vocal Trump critic Rep. Liz Cheney of her party leadership role and replace her with pro-Trump Rep. Elise Stefanik.A no-confidence vote is likely to come during a closed-door GOP conference meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. ET.
The current abandonment of support for Cheney is a blow to her career path, as she has been widely respected in conservative politics and was considered one of the next in line to lead House Republicans.
The move to replace Cheney
Cheney avoided an ouster from her leadership role in February, after she voted to impeach Trump, with a 145-61 secret ballot among the Republican conference to keep her in place.
Her position on Trump was backed up by other prominent Republicans like McCarthy, who soon after the riot said, "The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters." He later walked back those remarks, and has now signaled he supports removing Cheney.
Biden weighs in:
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., who rose to prominence as a new member of Congress for her staunch support of Trump during his first impeachment proceedings over his dealings with Ukraine in 2019, has been put forthin the House Republican conference. She received endorsements from Trump and the No. 2 House Republican, Steve Scalise, R-La.
Stefanik voted in line with Trump 77.7% of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight.
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Liz Cheney says she regrets voting for Trump in 2020 .
Liz Cheney said she regrets voting for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, speaking in a "This Week" interview with ABC Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl. "It was a vote based on policy, based on substance and in terms of the kinds of policies he put forward that were good for the country. But I think it's fair to say that I regret the vote." © ABC News Cheney, R-Wyo., also blasted House Republicans for elevating Rep.