The Honorable Newt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. After he was elected Speaker, he disrupted the status quo by moving power out of Washington and back to the American people. Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation, and the first tax cut in sixteen years. In addition, the Congress restored funding to strengthen defense and intelligence capabilities.
Mr. Gingrich’s leadership in the U.S. Congress helped save Medicare from bankruptcy, prompted FDA reform to help the seriously ill and initiated a new focus on research, prevention, and wellness. The American Diabetes Association awarded him the highest non-medical award and the March of Dimes named him Citizen of the Year in 1995. To foster a modern health system, Mr. Gingrich launched the Center for Health Transformation in 2003, and continued there in a leadership role until 2011.
From May 2011 to May 2012, Mr. Gingrich was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, winning the South Carolina and the Georgia primaries. The campaign was especially notable for its innovative policy agenda, its effort to bring new coalitions into the Republican fold, and for Mr. Gingrich’s debate performances.
Today Mr. Gingrich is a Fox News contributor. He is a Senior Advisor at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, where he advises the firm’s world-class Public Policy and Regulation practice. He is also a Senior Scientist at Gallup.
Mr. Gingrich has authored twenty-seven books. Together with his wife, he hosts and produces historical and public policy documentaries. Because of his own unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Mr. Gingrich has become one of the most highly sought-after public speakers.
Recognized internationally as an expert on world history, military issues, and international affairs, Mr. Gingrich served as a Member of the Defense Policy Board. He was the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals. He also taught officers from all five services as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. Mr. Gingrich was a member of the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2005, he co-chaired the Task Force on U.N. Reform, a bi-partisan Congressional effort to reform the United Nations.
Mr. Gingrich received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University and Master’s and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University. Before his election to Congress, he taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years.