Liz Cheney And The Family Business: A Chart of All Congressional Dynasties

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During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, former vice president Dick Cheney was bullish on his daughter Liz’s chances of winning the Republican Senate primary in Wyoming next summer, stating flatly that she is “going to win.”  The younger Cheney is challenging three-term senator Mike Enzi in a much-watched race that won’t be decided until August.

A poll with a sample size of one consisting of the candidate’s father is bound to have a few statistical weaknesses. Should Dick Cheney’s prophecy come true, however, his daughter will have amble company in the fraternity of lawmakers with relatives who served in past or present congresses.

According to TIME’s analysis of the Congressional Biographical Directory, which includes family relationships between past and present lawmakers, there are 37 current members who have a relative who served in Congress. Here, those lineages are arranged in a chart from newest to oldest names.

Whether Liz and Dick Cheney will join this chart a year from now will depend in part on how the Cheney name has aged in the memories of Wyomingites. As Zeke Miller wrote in the magazine when Cheney announced her bid: “While America has long held an aversion for kings, it sure loves its princes and princesses.”

Correction, Oct. 29, 2013: This chart originally left off Sen. Rand Paul and his father, former Rep. Ron Paul.

12 comments
Chosun1
Chosun1

That Frelinghuysen line is something else -- continually prominent yet largely unknown outside NJ....  

purplecat
purplecat

Cheney can fix any election to go his way  . . . he's done it before and will do it again.


fotontom
fotontom

And we maintain that democracy is superior to any other form of government. And we want to hold ourselves up as a model to the rest of the world.

How hypocritical are we?


j45ashton
j45ashton

By God, Senate rules will need to change if she gets in.  Otherwise, between her & Rand Paul nothing will get done.

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

Recall that Cheney claimed that the Iraq War would be short months not years and that it could be paid for by Iraqi oil. He lied as always. Notice that Halliburton got a no-bid contract initially to put out oil fires as the military made protecting the Iraq oil fields a top priority as the rest of the country and Baghdad evolved into chaos and looting and insurgency.

When the oil fires did not happen, Halliburton was given a sweetheart multi-billion-dollar contract to rebuild Iraq and we have since seen the hundreds of billions wasted on failed and needless nation-building. Also, oily men Bush-Cheney allowed the energy and chemical companies to literally write their own regulations giving sweetheart deals to favored companies like Halliburton given EPA ground water pollution exemptions during their fracking operations and Koch Industries was able to write down millions in EPA fines for oil and benzine pollution imposed under Clinton and then the administration fought through multiple courts to keep their dirty deeds from the public. 

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ThomasHall
ThomasHall

Liz Cheney is a jerk like her father. Notice how many of these politicians get their family members into the gravy train system of government and later lobbying. They are greedy, selfish people not true public servants. Cheney was a terrible vice president whose legacy along with GW Bush will be felt for generations as their 20+ years of combined wars based upon lies, arrogance, incompetence, and war-profiteering greed will go on for lifetimes along with costly VA healthcare projected to cost $6 trillion. 

Notice that despite the fact that hundreds of US-Coalition soldiers were killed or wounded many with lifetime injuries and amputated limbs, Cheney never admits he made any mistakes. In the interview, or in one of the his recent interviews, he said that he wanted the US to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities though he does not mention which ones or those that are underground that cannot be bombed from the air as if the invasions of two sovereign nations, neither of which actually attacked America, was not enough. 

Judgment Day cannot soon enough for this war criminal.

BillDaniel
BillDaniel

@ThomasHall 

To add insult to injury, in 2010 Halliburton moved is world headquarters from Houston, TX to Dubai to avoid paying U.S. taxes on it's global operations..  I guess Halliburton is the ultimate Tea Party freeloader..  And since Cheney has always played a role in Halliburton leadership on and off the books, what does that say about him...

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@ThomasHall 

Don't forget that Cheney did step into the private war monger sector as chairman of Halliburton.  Wait, that might also be called government work.

tommyudo
tommyudo

@ThomasHall 


Couldn't have said it better. The Cheney family "business" in one word - death.

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

@BillDaniel @ThomasHall Right on! Notice how Halliburton manages to avoid being grilled in Congress or by the press along with all the high-roller defense contractors. Recall that Halliburton was also involved in the TransOcean-BP-Halliburton Deepwater Horizon oil well head blowout and though they admitted faulty concrete construction that contributed to the oil spill they got away with a $150,000 or so fine.