Newt Gingrich is an American politician, historian, and author who served as the 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. As a professor of history and geography at the University of West Georgia back in the ‘70s, Gingrich contested and won elections to the United States House of Representatives in November 1978, becoming the first Republican in the history of Georgia’s 6th congressional district to do so. He, however, resigned in 1999 after twenty years in the legislature. He was a candidate for the presidential nomination for the Republican party in the 2012 presidential elections. The nomination eventually went to Mitt Romney.
Although out of the legislature, Gingrich has continued to air his views in public policy debates and now works as a political consultant. So far, those efforts have seen him found and chair several policy think tanks, including the American Solutions for Winning the Future and the Center for Health Transformation. Gingrich has authored or co-authored no less than 27 books. More than that, the Pennsylvania-born politician is a proud husband, father, and grandfather.
Newt Gingrich’s Bio (Age and Background Details)
Newt Gingrich was born—Newton Leroy Gingrich—in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, on June 17, 1943; to parents Newton Searles McPherson and Kathleen Daugherty. His parents were married in September of 1942. However, the union fell apart within days. When little Newt clocked three, his mother married Robert Gingrich; an Army officer who served tours in Korea and Vietnam. Gingrich adopted Newt. In 1956, when Newt was thirteen, the family moved to Europe and lived in Orléans, France and Stuttgart, Germany.
He spent the most part of his childhood in Hummelstown and on the several military bases where his father was stationed. Gingrich has three younger half-sisters, Roberta Brown, Candace and Susan Gingrich. He also has a half-brother from his father’s side, Randy McPherson.
Gingrich attended Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia where he graduated from in 1961. He then proceeded to Emory University in Atlanta where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1965. He attended Tulane University, where he earned an M. A. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in European history in1971. Between 1969 and 1970, Gingrich spent six months in Brussels working on his dissertation titled Belgian Education Policy in the Congo 1945–1960.
Professionally, Gingrich got his start as an assistant professor with the history department of West Georgia College, in 1970. Four years later, he moved to the geography department where he helped establish an interdisciplinary environmental studies program. This feat placed him on the university’s tenure track. He, however, left his work in college in 1978 when he was elected to Congress. As Congressman, Gingrich co-founded the Military Reform Caucus (MRC) and the Congressional Aviation and Space Caucus.
Newt Gingrich also supported a proposal to ban loans from the International Monetary Fund to Communist countries and endorsed a bill to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday. In 1983, Gingrich founded the Conservative Opportunity Society (COS), a group that originally included young conservative House Republicans such as Robert Smith Walker, Judd Gregg, Dan Coats and Connie Mack III. Group members met weekly to share and develop ideas.
In the run-up to the November 1994 elections, Republicans clinched 54 seats and took the reins of the House for the first time since 1954. In a stroke of fate, House Minority Leader Bob Michel of Illinois had chosen not to run for re-election, this made Gingrich the highest-ranking Republican returning to Congress that year. Time magazine eventually named Gingrich its 1995 “Man of the Year” for his role in the election.
As Speaker of the House, Gingrich made efforts to infuse Christian conservative values into the Republican Party. A 2018 study posited that Christian conservatism had become entrenched in the Republican Party’s policy platforms at the turn of the new millennium. A good number of scholars also credited Gingrich with taking up a crucial role in undermining democratic norms in the United States and hastening political polarization and partisan prejudice within United States politics. All of which he denies.
Following a disturbingly crushing election for the Republicans in the 1998 elections, the Republicans were forced to rebel against their speaker-overlord, who happened to retain his seat, albeit by a slight margin. The outcome of the drama trailing the revelations of an extramarital affair Gingrich had with a congressional employee 23 years his junior saw Newt Gingrich’s resignation from the house altogether in January of 1999. Following his resignation, Gingrich has continued to air his opinions in national politics and public policy debates.
Newt Gingrich’s Net Worth
Since leaving office, Gingrich has started a number of for-profit businesses. It is reported that the companies Gingrich and his wife own in full or in part have revenues of almost $100 million. According to sources, Newt Gingrich’s net worth has seen a steady rise from $2.4 million in 2006, $6.7 million in 2010, to over $9 million in 2019.
About Newt Gingrich’s Wife and Affair
Newt Gingrich married Callista Bisek in August 2000. The couple lives in McLean, Virginia. Gingrich has been married three times. In 1962, he married Jacqueline May Battley, his former high school geometry teacher. He was only 19 at the time; while she was 26. Together, they had two children: Kathy Gingrich Lubbers (married to Paul Lubbers) and Jackie Gingrich Cushman, (married to Jimmy Cushman Jr.). Gingrich reportedly engaged in several extramarital affairs during his first marriage. He filed for divorce from Jackie in the spring of 1980, after starting an affair with Marianne Ginther.
In 1981, six months after divorcing Jackie, Gingrich married Marianne Ginther. Marianne helped get the family out of debt but did not want to grapple with the public life of a politician’s wife. In 1993, still married to Marianne, Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek. She is two decades his junior.
Gingrich was reportedly having this affair as he led the impeachment of Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Gingrich filed for divorce from Marianne in 1999. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few months earlier. In December 2011, Gingrich pledged to uphold personal fidelity to his spouse, Callista Bisek.