(LibertySociety.com) – Former Republican Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming has landed a new job at the University of Virginia following her defeat by Harriet Hageman in the 2022 midterm primary elections. Cheney has received an inaugural appointment as a professor of practice, serving as a guest lecturer as well as doing political research for the university. Despite representing Wyoming for several years, Cheney lives in the state of Virginia, which was one of the many primary complaints of her voters.
The Washington Examiner reported that when speaking about Cheney, the President of the University said she “has fiercely defended democracy as part of a distinguished career,” adding that students learning from Cheney will be a great opportunity. The Director for the Center for Politics at UVA, Larry Sabato, expressed his excitement for Cheney’s addition to the center, claiming that she “was willing to pay the price for her principles — and democracy itself,” referring to the loss of her seat in the House.
Cheney was censured by her own party in Wyoming and removed from her leadership role as chair of the House GOP Conference, after which she suffered a defeat in the primary midterm elections. During her concession speech, after comparing herself to Abraham Lincoln, many speculated that Cheney was hinting at a presidential run. However, she has not confirmed such a move.
Cheney was one of the ten House Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in February 2021, following the events surrounding the certification of electors in January. Her impeachment vote and media interviews where she criticized fellow conservatives prompted criticism from many members of the party. Of the ten individuals who voted to impeach Trump, only two remained in Congress as of August 2022, with four losing their primary elections and the other four retiring. Cheney spent the remainder of her term leading up to the general election campaigning against Trump-endorsed candidates across the country.
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