Newt Gingrich

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Newt Gingrich
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President of the United States
Former Candidate
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
January 4, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Prior offices
US House of Representatives
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1999
Education
Bachelor'sEmory University
Master'sTulane University
Ph.D.Tulane University
Personal
BirthdayJune 17, 1943
Place of birthHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Newton Leroy “Newt" Gingrich (born June 17, 1943) was a 2012 Republican candidate for President of the United States.

Biography

Gingrich was the author of the “Contract with America" and served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from January 4, 1995 – January 3, 1999. After resigning from Congress in 1999, Gingrich wrote several books and has served as a political commentator and consultant.[1]

Education

  • BA, Emory University
  • Master's, Modern European History, Tulane University, 1968
  • Doctorate, Modern European History, Tulane University, 1971

Issues

Controversy

Trey Radel cocaine arrest

Rep. Trey Radel (R) was arrested in the District of Columbia on October 29, 2013, for possession of cocaine. He was charged on November 19, 2013, in D.C. Superior Court with misdemeanor possession of cocaine.[2] He plead guilty and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and fined $250.[3]

Gingrich compared Radel to Anthony Weiner, and indicated that while Radel's constituents could forgive him in time, he cautioned about a relapse.[4]

“I think the burden is on him to prove that he [has] genuinely been rehabilitated. He needs to slow down, focus on rehabilitation and people will be patient...Does he come out of rehab genuinely changed or is it all a gimmick? If it’s a gimmick, he won’t survive. The example we had with Weiner in New York is that people will forgive you once. They won’t forgive you twice.”[4]

Elections

2014

In response to the group "Graft Newt PAC," Gingrich's attorney issued a cease and desist letter asking that his likeness be removed in the group's attempt to draft Gingrich to run in the Virginia U.S. Senate election against incumbent Mark Warner (D-VA).[5]

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Gingrich was a candidate for President of the United States in 2012. He officially announced his candidacy in May 2011 via Facebook and Twitter.[6] He suspended his campaign in May 2012 and endorsed Mitt Romney.[7]

Personal

Gingrich has been married three times. He had two children with his first wife, Jackie. He remarried in 1981 to Marianne Ginther, who he divorced in 1999. Gingrich and his current wife, Callista, married in 2000.[1]

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