Who is Liz Cheney – the most senior Republican voting on Trump’s impeachment?
|Liz Cheney is the most senior Republican to vote to impeach a president from their own party. Photo by Getty Images.|
Who is Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District. She assumed office on January 3, 2017. Her current term ends on January 3, 2023, Ballotpedia cited.
Cheney (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District. She won in the general election on November 3, 2020.
Liz Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cheney was selected to be the chairwoman of the Republican Conference in the 116th Congress. She has been assigned to the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Natural Resources, and the Committee on Rules.
Cheney sought election to the U.S. Senate representing Wyoming in 2014. She dropped out of the U.S. Senate race on January 6, 2014, citing family health issues.
Cheney's academic, professional, and political career:
1. 2017-Present: U.S. Representative from Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District
2. 2019-Present: Chairwoman of the Republican Conference
3. Nonprofit executive/television commentator
4. 2005-2009: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, United States Department of State
5. 2004: Campaign staff, presidential campaign of George W. Bush
6. 2002-2004: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, United States Department of State
7. 1999-2002: Lawyer, International Finance Corporation
8. 1992: Staff, United States Department of State
9. 1989-1992: Staff, United States Agency for International Development
10. 1996: Graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with a J.D.
11. 1988: Graduated from Colorado College with a B.A.
Voting for Trump’s impeachment
|Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney at a news conference on the steps of the Capitol, September 2020. TOM WILLIAMSGETTY IMAGES.|
Cheney, Wyoming's lone U.S. Representative, was joined by nine others: John Katko (New York), Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), Fred Upton (Michigan), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington State), Dan Newhouse (Washington State), Peter Meijer (Michigan), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), David Valadao (California), and Tom Rice (South Carolina). Together they constituted the largest group to ever vote to impeach a president from their own party. When Trump was impeached the first time in 2019, Republicans unanimously voted against it.
Why she stayed on the opposite side against Trump’s party?
U.S. Representative Liz Cheney broke with the majority of her fellow Republicans in laying blame squarely on President Donald Trump for the deadly riot that Americans watched unfold in the U.S. Capitol a week ago. And she has no qualms about it, Reuters reported.
“I’m not going anywhere,” the three-term congresswoman proclaimed to reporters after some back-bench Republicans angrily demanded on Wednesday that she be fired from her position as the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives.
The move made her the most senior Republican to formally break with Trump following his November election defeat.
The impeachment resolution, she said, was “a vote of conscience” during a crisis not seen since the U.S. Civil War.
House Democrats were spearheading an impeachment that charges Trump of inciting insurrection, no small accusation.
Under pressure after the voting
|A man holds up a sign against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks to a crowd during a rally against her on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Gaetz added his voice to a growing effort to vote Cheney out of office after she voted in favor of impeaching Donald Trump. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) | Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images|
Rep. Matt Rosendale, a freshman from Montana and one of the lawmakers taking the lead in the effort, won’t say how many lawmakers have signed on to the petition so far. His office says the timing is still “up in the air in” on when he will submit the resolution, according to Time.
In the meantime, the conference is brimming with drama, with battle lines forming between those who would rather forget Trump ever led their party, and those who think his brand of politics is its future.
“This is basically a right-wing version of cancel culture,” says Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a Trump critic and one of the 10 Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment. ‘”If you don’t like Donald Trump, and you vote against Donald Trump, we’re going to cancel you. We’re going to say that you don’t have a place in this party’…It’s no different.”
House Republican leadership did not whip members to vote either way on impeachment, leaving lawmakers to come to their own decision about whether the President incited a pro-Trump to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Florida representative and Trump ultra-loyalist Matt Gaetz flew into Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Thursday to help whip up a crowd against Liz Cheney, the No 3 House Republican and member.
Gaetz also called the daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney “a Beltway bureaucrat turned fake cow girl that supported an impeachment that is deeply unpopular in the state of Wyoming”.
In the fight for control of the Republican party from now until the 2022 midterms, Trump and his backers currently seem to be winning, despite losing the White House. At the very least, Cheney can expect a stern primary challenge.
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