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Newt Gingrich Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Children, and Net Worth.
Who is Newt Gingrich?
Newt Gingrich (Newton Leroy Gingrich) is an American author and politician who served as the 50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives between 1995 and1999. He is a Republican. Gingrich was the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 6th congressional district serving north Atlanta between 1979 and 1999 when he resigned.
He ran for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 but he lost. In the 1970s, Gingrich was a professor of history and geography at the University of West Georgia. He ran and won elections to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1978. He made history as the first Republican to win elections in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. From 1989 to 1995, Gingrich served as House Minority Whip.
As a co-author of the “Contract with America”, he was a major leader in the 1994 congressional election in the republican victory. Time named him “Man of the Year” in 1995 for “his role in ending the four-decades-long Democratic majority in the House”.
Gingrich endorsed Mitt Romney after he withdrew from the race in May 2012. Later, he was seen as an ally of Donald Trump and was among the finalists on Trump’s shortlist for running mate in the 2016 election. He supported Trump’s claims of voter fraud in 2020.
How Old is Newt Gingrich?
Gingrich was born on 17th June 1943. He is 78 years of age as of 2021. Gingrich shares his birthday with celebrities like Barry Manilow, Greg Kinnear, Jason Patric, Jodie Whittaker, Joe Piscopo, KJ Apa, Manish Dayal, among others.
Newt Gingrich Family
Who Are Newt Gingrich’s Parents?
Gingrich was born to Kathleen “Kit” and Newton Searles McPherson. After his parents divorced, Gingrich was adopted by his stepfather Robert Gingrich who married his mother in 1946. Robert, his father served as a career Army officer. Newt grew up in Hummelstown and on military bases where his dad was stationed.
Does Newt Gingrich Have Siblings?
Gingrich has three younger half-sisters from his mother, Candace and Susan Gingrich, and Roberta Brown. He additionally has a half-sister and a half-brother from his biological father.
Newt Gingrich Education
Gingrich attended and graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1961. This is where he met and later married his math teacher. During his tenure in high school, he visited the site of the Battle of Verdun.
After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Emory University in Atlanta where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1965.
He continued with studies at Tulane University and earned an M.A in 1968 and a Ph.D. in European history in 1971. Gingrich spent six months in Brussels working on his dissertation. He joined the history department in 1970 at West Georgia College. During his college tenure, Gingrich took three unpaid leave to run for the House of Representatives. He lost twice before his college tenure ended.
Newt Gingrich wife
Gingrich has been married three times in his life. First, he married Jacqueline May (“Jackie” Battley) in 1962. May was his former high school teacher. He married at the age of 19 years while Jacqueline was 26. The couple was blessed with two kids. Gingrich filed for a divorce in 1980 after he started an affair with Marianne Ginther. The divorce was completed in 1981 and Gingrich was ordered to provide for his daughters. Jackie died at the age of 77 in 2013.
Gingrich married Marianne Ginther in 1981. This was six months after he divorced Jackie. His newly wedded wife helped him get out of debt. Gingrich began an affair with Callista Bisekwhile still married to Ginter in 1993. Bisek was a House of Representatives staffer. Newt filed for divorce from Ginter in 1999 after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The second marriage had no children. Ginter suggested an open marriage but Gingrich disputed the suggestion.
Gingrich tied knots with Callista Bisek in 2000, four months after divorcing Ginter. The couple lives in McLean, Virginia.
Does Newt Gingrich Have Children?
Gingrich is a father of two children. He is the father of Jackie Gingrich Cushman and Kathy Lubbers from her first marriage. Kathy is president of Gingrich Communications while Jackie Sue is an author, political commentator, and conservative columnist.
How Tall is Newt Gingrich?
Adding to his well-built body, Gingrich stands at a height of 1.82 meters.
Newt Gingrich Career
Gingrich served as the southern regional director for Nelson Rockefeller in the 1968 Republican primaries.
Gingrich made his first political bid in 1974 as the Republican candidate in Georgia’s 6th congressional district in north-central Georgia. He lost the elections to Jack Flynt a 20-year incumbent Democrat. That year was disastrous to Most Republicans due to the Watergate scandal and the impact of Georgia native Jimmy Carter.
Gingrich again ran a rematch with Flynt in 1976 but lost by 5,100 votes. In the 1978 elections, Flynt decided to retire, giving Gingrichan the opportunity to defeat Democratic State Senator Virginia Shapard by 7,500 votes. He was re-elected in this district five times.
Only once in his five times that he faced a close election race in the House elections of 1990. Gingrich won the elections by 978 votes in a primary against Republican Herman Clark and won by 974 over Democrat David Worley in the general election.
Gingrich co-founded the Military Reform Caucus (MRC) and the Congressional Aviation and Space Caucusin 1981. He was among those who called for the expulsion of representatives Dan Crane and Gerry Studds in 1983 during the 1983 congressional page sex scandal. Newt was a proponent to ban loans from the International Monetary Fund to Communist countries. He endorsed a bill to make a new federal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Gingrich was the founder of the Conservative Opportunity Society (COS) founded in 1983. Early members were Robert Smith Walker, Judd Gregg, Dan Coats, and Connie Mack III.
Gingrich voted against the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 in March 1987. He brought ethics charges against Democratic Speaker Jim Wright in 1988. Wright was alleged to have used a book deal to circumvent campaign-finance laws and House ethics rules. Gingrich became House Minority Whip in March 1989. He won elections against Edward Rell Madigan.
Gingrich, Gang of Seven, among others railed against ethical lapses during the nearly 40 years of Democratic control. He was among members of the House who had written NSF checks on the House bank.
As the population of Georgia increased, it picked up an additional seat for the 1992 U.S. House elections. The district that Gingrich represented was eliminated under the leadership of Speaker of the House Tom Murphy. Gerrymandering split Newt’s territory among three neighboring districts.
Gingrich among other Republicans came up with a Contract with America in the 1994 campaign season. The contract ranged in issues such as welfare reform, term limits, crime, a balanced budget/tax limitation amendment, and more specialized legislation. Repulic Party members won 54 seats in the November 1994 midterm elections taking control of the House for the first time since 1954. In 1995, Time magazine named Gingrich its “Man of the Year”.
The House Speaker
The House fulfilled Gingrich’s promise and brought all ten of the Contract’s issues to a vote by the first 100 days of the session. The proposed term limits, tax cuts, welfare reform, and a balanced budget amendment. it also proposed independent auditing of the finances of the House of Representatives and the elimination of non-essential services. Gingrich increasingly sought Christian conservatism tie as the Speaker of the House.
Scholars credit Gingrich with playing a key role in undermining democratic norms in the US. He has also helped hasten political polarization and partisan prejudice.
Gingrich accused Clinton of stalling on welfare. He proclaimed that Congress could pass a welfare reform bill in as little as 90 days. In 1996 Gingrichpushed for passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act.
Democrats filed 84 ethics charges against Gingrich during his tenure as Speaker. 83 charges were dropped except one that claimed tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes. The House reprimanded Gingrich officially on 21st January 1997.
Challange and Resignation
Gingrich was challenged by several House Republicans in 1997 who wanted to replace him as Speaker. His challengers include John Boehner of Ohio and Republican leadership chairman Bill Paxon of New York. Although he was re-elected in 1998, Gingrich resigned his seat and Speakership in January 1999.
Gingrich founded the Center for Health Transformation in 2003. He was a supporter of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, and created the Medicare Part D federal prescription drugs benefit program.
Newt together with Hillary Clinton announced the proposed 21st Century Health Information Act in 2005. Gingrich is the founder and the chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future which was founded in 2007.
Gingrich showed his interest in running for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination between 2005 and 2007. Later he said he was not ready to give up the American Solutions, even to explore whether a campaign was realistic. Gingrich is the founder of Advocates for Opioid Recovery alongside former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy and Van Jones, a former domestic policy adviser to President Barack Obama.
Gingrich officially announced on 11th May 2011his intention to seek the GOP nomination in 2012. A group of Gingrich’s senior campaign aides left on 9th June 2011and on 21st June more senior aides left.
Gingrich was the fourth in the race on 3rd January 2012 in the Iowa Republican caucuses. The leaders were Rick Santorum, Romney, and Ron Paul, respectively. He Was 5th in the New Hampshire Republican primary. He was first in the South Carolina Republican primary on January 21. Newt announced his support for Mitt Romney on 19th April 2021 withdrawing from the race.
Gingrich was a supporter of Trump during the 2016 Presidential elections. He promoted a conspiracy theory in May 2017 that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party had Seth Rich killed during the 2016 presidential race.
In October 2017, Newt attended his wife’s swearing-in as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See at the White House.
Newt was among those who supported Trump in his attempt to win re-election and called on him to stop the vote counts after allegations of fraud emerged. He made claims of election fraud refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory.
Newt Gingrich’s Net Worth
Gingrich has accrued an estimated net worth of $9 Million from his long-term career.