Is Kyle Cheney Related to Liz? The Truth Behind the Cheney Family

The name Cheney is well-known in American politics, especially because of Dick Cheney, the former vice president of the United States under George W. Bush. But is there a connection between him and Kyle Cheney, the congressional reporter for Politico and political analyst for CNN and MSNBC? Many people have wondered if Kyle Cheney is related to Liz Cheney, the congresswoman from Wyoming and former chair of the House Republican Conference. The answer is no, they are not related.

Who is Kyle Cheney?

Kyle Cheney is an American journalist who has been working as a congressional reporter for Politico since 2012. He covers the U.S. Congress, with a focus on national security, foreign policy, and the Trump impeachment inquiry. He has also appeared as a political analyst on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN

Kyle Cheney was born and raised in New York City. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Boston University in 2007, where he was the editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Free Press He began his career as a reporter covering Massachusetts politics for the State House News Service in 2006

Kyle Cheney is married to Hannah Cheney, senior manager of editorial content at Hilton Hotels, and has a daughter

Who is Liz Cheney?

Liz Cheney is an American attorney and Republican politician who served as the U.S. representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district from 2017 to 2023. She chaired the House Republican Conference, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership, from 2019 to 2021. She currently serves as Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Center for Politics

Liz Cheney is the elder daughter of Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1966, where her parents were enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. The family moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1968 and settled there, when Dick Cheney served as a congressional fellow and then went on to hold various positions in government service over the next several years. In 1977, the Cheneys moved to Wyoming, where both parents had grown up. The next year, Dick Cheney was elected to serve as Wyoming’s congressman (1979–89), and the family returned to the D.C. area, settling in McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., while also continuing to spend time in Wyoming. Liz Cheney attended McLean High School, graduating in 1984, and went on to attend Colorado College, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1988; while there, she met her future husband, Philip Perry

Liz Cheney worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, and Armitage Associates LLP, a consulting firm, before enrolling in the University of Chicago Law School, from which she graduated in 1996. She practiced law at White & Case law firm in Washington, D.C., and then returned to work at the State Department during the George W. Bush administration (2001–09), serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Coordinator for Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives. She was also very active in her father’s campaigns for the 2000 and 2004 elections. After leaving the State Department, she cofounded Keep America Safe, an organization that advocated for national security issues and opposed the policies of Pres. Barack Obama. She was a candidate for the 2014 election to the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, challenging three-term incumbent Mike Enzi, before withdrawing from the race. In 2016, she ran for Wyoming’s at-large congressional seat and won it with 62% of the vote. She was reelected in 2018 and 2020 with over 68% of the vote each time

Liz Cheney is regarded as a leading ideological conservative in the Bush-Cheney-era tradition and a representative of the Republican establishment. She is a neoconservative, known for her focus on national security, support for the U.S. military, a pro-business stance, hawkish foreign policy views, and fiscal and social conservatism. She is considered one of the leaders of the Republican Party’s neoconservative wing. She was critical of the foreign policy of the Donald Trump administration but at the same time voted steadfastly in support of Trump’s overall agenda. However, she broke with Trump over his false claims of election fraud and his role in inciting the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. She voted to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection and denounced his actions as “the greatest betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”  She also rejected Trump’s continued influence over the Republican Party and defended the integrity of the 2020 election. As a result, she faced backlash from Trump loyalists and was removed from her leadership position in the House Republican Conference in May 2021. She was then appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the vice chair of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, a bipartisan panel that was opposed by most Republicans.

Liz Cheney is married to Philip Perry, a partner at Latham & Watkins law firm and former general counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They have five children.


Kyle Cheney and Liz Cheney are not related, despite sharing the same last name and working in the same field of politics. They have different backgrounds, careers, and views on various issues. Kyle Cheney is a journalist who reports on Congress and national security, while Liz Cheney is a politician who represents Wyoming and advocates for neoconservative policies. They are both influential figures in their respective domains, but they have no familial connection.

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