Historical records matching Newt Gingrich, 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
About Newt Gingrich, 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Newton "Newt" Leroy Gingrich (born Newton Leroy McPherson on June 17, 1943) is an American politician and author, who served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of Democratic Party majorities in that body. During his tenure as Speaker he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton.
A college history professor, political leader, and author, Gingrich twice ran unsuccessfully for the House before winning a seat in November 1978. He was re-elected 10 times, and his activism as a member of the House's Republican minority eventually enabled him to succeed Dick Cheney as House Minority Whip in 1989. As a co-author of the 1994 Contract with America, Gingrich was in the forefront of the Republican Party's dramatic success in the 1994 Congressional elections and subsequently was elected Speaker. Gingrich's leadership in Congress was marked by opposition to many of the policies of the Clinton Administration. Shortly after the 1998 elections, where Republicans lost 5 seats in the House, Gingrich announced his resignation from his House seat and as Speaker.
After resigning his seat, Gingrich has maintained a career as a political analyst and consultant and continues to write works related to government and other subjects, such as historical fiction. Recently he founded the think tank American Solutions.
16th United States House of Representatives Minority Whip (1989-1995)
58th Speaker of the USA House of Representatives (January 4, 1995-January 3, 1999)
founder of the Center for Health Transformation
documentary film producer
- http://marriage.about.com/od/politics/a/gingrichn.htm (WARNING: contains much leftist bias)
- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/newt/ (WARNING: contains much leftist bias)