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Mary Cheney & Heather Poe Celebrate on Election Night 2004

Mary and Heather are behind Lynne Cheney


The Dick Cheney Family

The Cheney Family

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Who is Mary Cheney?

Mary Cheney is the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney. She was director of vice presidential operations in the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign. She came under fire from gay and lesbian activists for not speaking out against Bush-Cheney's stance against same-sex marriage. Mary Cheney now works for AOL.

Who is Heather Poe?

Heather Poe is a former park ranger and UPS manager.

How did they meet?

Mary Cheney met Heather Poe in 1992 playing ice hockey. Mary said in People magazine, "I was a goalie and she was a defenseman. I think she scored on her first shot because I was really bad."


Even though she worked for her father's election campaign and the Bush/Cheney stance is against gay marriage, Mary Cheney supports gay marriage. She said, "I am in favor of legalized same-sex marriage...For me [speaking out during the 2004 Bush/Cheney campaign] would have been so inappropriate. I signed on to be a staffer; I didn't sign on to express my point of view.

Mary Cheney and Heather Poe Marry

Mary Cheney and Heather Poe were married June 22, 2012 in a civil ceremony in Washington, DC, where same-sex marriage is legal.


Mary and Heather have two children. Mary gave birth to Sarah Lynne Cheney on November 18, 2009 and Samuel David Cheney on May 23, 2007 in Washington, D.C. At a forum by Glamour magazine in January 2007, Mary Cheney said, "This is a baby... This is a blessing from God. It is not a political statement. It is not a prop to be used in a debate by people on either side of an issue. It is my child."

Home and Love Life

Mary and Heather live outside of Washington, DC. They have two dogs and two children. They're both active and love snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking and scuba diving.
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