Elizabeth Cheney is a U.S. Representative for Wyoming and has held the office since 2017. She’s the eldest daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney and Second Lady Lynne Cheney. Before assuming her current office, Cheney acted as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and the Coordinator for Middle East and North African Initiatives. Cheney is a self-described neoconservative known for focusing on national security, business, and fiscal frugality.
Why They Made the Worthy 100: In July of 2021, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Cheney to the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, and two months after that, Cheney became the committee’s vice chair. Despite being a staunch republican, Cheney firmly believed that former President Trump bears significant responsibility for the January 6 attack. Regarding the attack, Cheney has written, “the president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president. The president could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.” This stance has resulted in Cheney facing forceful pushback from other republicans. In August 2022, she lost her renomination in Wyoming’s Republican Primary by a landslide to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman. She’s nevertheless stuck to her principles, vowing to be “one of the leaders in a fight to help restore our party.”