Love him or hate him, former Vice President Dick Cheney was a force to be reckoned with when he occupied the White House.
And if you haven’t been paying attention, his daughter Liz, a Representative from her home state of Wyoming, is making big waves in the Republican Party… enough that many are hoping she becomes the next Speaker of the House.
As first reported by The Hill, Cheney is facing pressure to reach a decision on her political future.
Cheney can run for an open seat in the Senate, or she can remain in the House, where some say she could make history one day as the first female Republican Speaker.
Her decision will have huge ramifications for her party, so for now rank-and-file lawmakers and other ambitious rivals are left guessing what move she’ll make next.
According to the Hill report, a number of Republicans said they anticipate the two-term Wyoming Republican will make an announcement in the coming months — in part because other lawmakers need and desperately want to know her plans.
“I think there’s an expectation among her colleagues that she’ll make her intentions known by the end of the year or soon after, so people are clear about where things stand in advance of campaign season,” one GOP operative with relationships to House members told The Hill.
“I think it’s an accurate assessment [on pressure for her to announce]; she hasn’t made any official announcement and there’s a variety of waffling that comes out,” said a GOP lawmaker, who asked for anonymity to speak candidly about the situation.
If Cheney runs for the Senate, she will have to vacate her leadership position, potentially leaving the House GOP without a woman in leadership. Her departure also would cut into the already dwindling number of Republican women in the House, with two incumbents — Reps. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) — having announced their retirement plans earlier this year.
House members say Cheney’s skills as a leader, along with the party’s gender issues, are both reasons why many of her colleagues are pressuring her to stay.
President Trump is also a fan of Cheney. At a July event from the White House, he called her “a friend of mine, and a wonderful person, and somebody that has, I don’t know, a pretty unlimited future. I’d say — I hear a lot of very positive things — Liz Cheney.”