An intellectually fearless visionary and historian, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich is one of the foremost economic, social, political, and security-focused conservative thinkers today. He is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing a majority in the United States House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Newt was also a Republican candidate for president of the United States in 2012.
Today, Newt is Chairman of Gingrich 360, a full-service American consulting, education, and media production group that connects the past, present, and future to inspire audiences, solve challenges, and develop opportunities. The company serves a Fortune 500 client base with consulting services and creates award-winning, entertaining media projects. Additionally, Newt participates in about 30 marquee speeches and events around the world each year.
Newt is a Fox News contributor and the host of the Newt’s World podcast, a dynamic new weekly series that offers context to today’s world through entertaining stories and conversations. The podcast is distributed by Westwood One.
A prolific author, Newt has published 38 books. His latest book, Trump vs China: Facing America’s Greatest Threat, was released in October. In total, he has penned 16 fiction and nonfiction New York Times best sellers, such as Understanding Trump and Trump’s America: The Truth About Our Nation’s Great Comeback.
He also writes nationally syndicated columns twice a week.
Newt’s historical fiction works include Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, and To Try Men’s Souls. These intriguing novels are active historical studies in the lessons of warfare based on fictional accounts of historic battles and how they shaped our nation. He also writes political thrillers focused on Washington intrigue and international terrorism. Newt’s latest political novel, Vengeance, is the third volume in his bestselling Brooke Grant series, which includes Treason and Duplicity. His latest fiction series debuted in April with Collusion, a tale of international intrigue, adventure, betrayal, and politics that captures the tensions and divides of America and the world today.
Recognized internationally as an expert on world history, military issues, and international affairs, Newt is the longest-serving teacher of both the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals and Capstone for rising generals. He also taught officers from all five services as a distinguished visiting scholar and professor at the National Defense University.
In addition, Newt served as a Member of the Defense Policy Board. He was a member of the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations, and he co-chaired the Task Force on United Nations Reform, a bipartisan Congressional effort to modernize and improve the UN.
As Chairman of Gingrich 360, Newt continues to promote American values as he works toward thinking through and helping to solve our nation’s greatest challenges in health care, education, national security, and many other areas.
Newt is married to Callista Gingrich, author of the Ellis the Elephant children’s book series, and producer and host (with Newt) of nine documentaries, the most recent of which is The First American.
The Gingriches have two daughters and two grandchildren.
When Newt was 16 living in Orleans, France, he visited the site of the battle of Verdun, a World War I battlefield where 300,000 soldiers died. It was at this moment that he realized that nations can die and be defeated. This was the start of his lifelong pursuit to ensure the survival of America.
Newt graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University in 1965 (after taking 1964 off to assist the campaign of Jack Prince, who challenged Democrat Phil Landrum for Georgia’s 9th Congressional District). Newt later went on to receive a Master’s and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University in 1971.
In 1970, Newt began working as an associate professor of geography and history at West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia.
In the early party of his Congressional career, Newt quickly climbed his way to the upper echelons of Republicans leadership by refusing to accept that Republicans were destined to be the minority in the House. He quickly began working with President Ronald Reagan to bring about real, positive change in America.
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Newt was re-elected ten more times to serve in Congress, surviving numerous challenges, and Congressional redistricting. A core goal throughout his service was to help Republicans attain and keep the majority in the House of Representatives.
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On September 27, 1994, Newt and more than 350 other Congressional candidates signed the Contract with America on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The Contract was a pledge to all Americans that the signers would vote for 10 popular reforms if Republicans were elected to the House majority. It worked. Republicans took control of the House for the first time in 40 years. It became known as the 1994 Republican Revolution. They immediately began work passing the reforms.
The success of the Contract with America and the Republican majority earned Newt the honor of serving as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. As Speaker, Newt was the chief Republican negotiator with the Bill Clinton Administration, bringing about the first balance budgets in our lifetime and the passage of many bipartisan reforms to welfare and government spending.
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In 2012, Newt ran for U.S. president, with a message that focused on balanced budgets, individual liberties, domestic energy production, and reforming big government programs. He won the Republican primaries in South Carolina and Georgia.
During the 2016 Presidential election, Newt was a supporter and strategic advisor to then-candidate Donald Trump. After Trump won the election, Newt has been recognized as a trusted confidant of President Trump and his administration.
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