Lynne Cheney named 2012 Citizen of the West

Sep 30, 2011
by WLJ

The National Western Stock Show has named Lynne Cheney its 2012 Citizen of the West. She will accept the prestigious award at a dinner on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the National Western Events Center Paddock and Arena. This is the first year the event is being held at the National Western Complex. The Citizen of the West, selected by a committee of community leaders, is an annual award given to individuals who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer, and who are committed to perpetuating the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals.

Cheney, a native of Wyoming and former second lady of the U.S., is an author and scholar. She served under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Cheney remembers growing up in Casper as an experience that encouraged selfreliance. In her book about growing up in the West, “Blue Skies, No Fences,” she writes “You could see yourself creating your own future rather than having one handed to you. And it never occurred to me that my chances of doing this were diminished because I was a girl.”

Cheney’s close friend Maggie Scarlett sums it up well. “Lynne is a true westerner who credits much of her success to her western heritage and upbringing. She epitomizes western values. Compassionate, committed and effective, she has an impressive record of scholarly achievements and service to our country.”

Hank True, a fellow native of Wyoming, says that “Lynne Cheney has demonstrated and personifies the strength, the wisdom, and the leadership capabilities of a true pioneer of western heritage. It is indeed fitting that she is recognized and honored for all her accomplishments as this year’s Citizen of the West.”— WLJ