Newt Gingrich

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Newt Gingrich is a former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, New York Times bestselling author, and Time magazine’s 1995 Man of the Year. Called “the indispensable leader” by The Washington Times, he is the architect of the Contract with America, which led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in 40 years. Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation and the first tax cut in 16 years.

As an author, Gingrich has published 27 books, including 14 fiction and non-fiction New York Times bestsellers. Non-fiction books include his latest, Breakout, in addition to A Nation Like No Other and To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine. He is also the author of a series of historical fiction books, including Gettysburg, 1945, Pearl Harbor and Valley Forge. His latest novel, Duplicity, is a thriller about Washington intrigue and international terrorism.

Gingrich received his bachelor of arts from Georgia’s Emory University and a master’s and doctorate in modern European history from Tulane University in New Orleans. Before his election to Congress in 1978, he taught history and environmental studies at West Georgia College for eight years.

Gingrich served as a member of the Defense Policy Board and was on the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations. He founded and chaired several policy think tanks, including American Solutions for Winning the Future and the Center for Health Transformation. In 2005, he co-chaired the Task Force on the United Nations, a bi-partisan Congressional effort to reform the U.N.

Gingrich is a former Fox News contributor, a senior advisor at global law firm Dentons and a senior scientist at the U.S. research firm Gallup Inc.