Who is Liz Cheney's husband Philip Perry? A look at her marriage and career amid Donald Trump's impeachment row

Condemning the US Capitol attacks vehemently, Liz Cheney had said that there has 'never been a greater betrayal' by any president

                            Who is Liz Cheney's husband Philip Perry? A look at her marriage and career amid Donald Trump's impeachment row
Liz Cheney (extreme left) and husband Philip Perry (extreme right) (Getty Images)

Republican leader Liz Cheney is all over the news because of her shocking declaration to vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Cheney, who is ranked as the third-highest Republican leader in the House, did not mince words while holding Trump accountable for the US Capitol violence on January 6. Condemning the attacks vehemently, she declared that there has “never been a greater betrayal” by any president. 

Liz Cheney, or Elizabeth Cheney is married to Philip Perry, a lawyer at Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC, and shares five children with him. The couple resides in Wilson, Wyoming.

A look back at Liz Cheney's political trajectory

The 53-year-old Republican leader and attorney serves at Wyoming. She is the third woman ever to be elected to such a high rank in Republican history, after Deborah Pryce and Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She is the daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney and has been politically active since a young age. Liz earned a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (BA) from Colorado College, before pursuing a law degree at the University of Chicago Law School. 

Former Vice President Dick Cheney (L) hugs his daughter Liz Cheney (Getty Images)

Before joining law school, she had worked for five years at the State Department and the US Agency for International Development. After becoming a lawyer, she practiced in the private sector as an international attorney with the International Finance Corporation. In 2004, Liz served in her father’s reelection campaign in the George W Bush regime, advocating the “W Stands for Women” movement to attract female voters. In 2006, her work as the head of the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group (ISOG) generated controversy, with speculations of covert actions that can lead to war with Iran and Syria. Shortly afterward, the group was disbanded. 

Liz ran for the Senate from Wyoming in 2014 but withdrew later. She was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2016 with over 60% votes in the general election. 

Who is Liz Cheney's husband Philip Perry?

Liz married Philip in Wyoming in 1993. Like her, Perry was also a graduate from Colorado College, where he pursued a BA degree in English. He later joined Cornell Law School in 1990, earning his Juris Doctor degree from there. Perry had been involved in politics, directly or indirectly, since 1997, when he served as a counsel to the US Senate hearings on the 1996 presidential campaign finance abuse case. He later worked as a policy advisor to the Bush-Cheney presidential transition team in 2000, before joining the Department of Justice. There he rose to the rank of Associate Attorney General. 

Later, Perry also served as general counsel to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House and as general counsel to the Department of Homeland Security. He finally returned to private practice at Latham & Watkins, after several years of federal service. Philip specializes in litigation of biotechnology issues and was conferred the title of a “Litigation Trailblazer” by National Law Journal in 2018. 

In his personal life, he is a loving husband to Liz and a doting father to their children - Grace Perry, Richard Perry, Elizabeth Perry, Kate Perry, and Philip Perry.

What did Liz say about Trump's impeachment?

Liz's latest political stance in favor of Trump’s second impeachment has propelled her into the limelight, making her a top Republican leader to do so. This comes as a surprise mainly because of her identity as a staunch conservative and ranking GOP leader.Liz has been known to criticize Trump administration’s foreign policy from time to time. 

US President Donald Trump talks with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) (L) in the Oval Office in 2019 (Getty Images)

On January 12, Liz released a hard-hitting statement that solely blamed Trump for inciting the Capitol riots. In the statement, she distinctly mentioned that such a horrific event would not have occurred without Trump’s encouragement. She said that Trump had “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” adding clearly that she would vote to impeach the president. 

She has been joined by fellow Republican politicians like John Katko, Adam Kinzinger, and Fred Upton in the decision to impeach Trump.

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