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 US House of Representatives for the first time in 40 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 16 years. In addition, Congress restored funding to strengthen defense and intelligence capabilities, an action later lauded by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.
Today Mr. Gingrich is a Fox News contributor. He is a senior adviser at Dentons, the world's largest law firm, with more than 6500 lawyers in 50 countries and offices in more than 125 cities. He advises the firm's world-class Public Policy and Regulation practice. He is also a senior scientist at Gallup. From May 2011 to May 2012, he 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 his debate performances. His $2.50-a-gallon energy plan set off a nationwide discussion about the use of America's energy resources.
However, there is a lot more to Mr. Gingrich than these remarkable achievements. As an author, he has published 27 books, including 14 fiction and nonfiction New York Times bestsellers. Mr. Gingrich and his wife, Callista, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Because of his unquenchable thirst for knowledge, he has become one of the most highly sought-after public speakers, accepting invitations to speak before prestigious organizations throughout the world.
Widely recognized for his commitment to a better system of health for all Americans, his leadership in the US 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 nonmedical award, and the March of Dimes named him Citizen of the Year in 1995.
To foster a modern health system that provides better outcomes at lower cost, Mr. Gingrich launched the Center for Health Transformation in 2003, continuing there in a leadership role until he stepped down in 2011 to seek the Republican nomination for president of the United States.
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 warfighting course for major generals. He also taught officers from all 5 services as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and professor at the National Defense University. He was a member of the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2005, he co-chaired the Task Force on UN Reform, a bipartisan congressional effort to reform the United Nations.
His experiences as the son of a career soldier convinced him at an early age to dedicate his life to his country and the protection of freedom. Realizing the importance of understanding the past to protect the future, he immersed himself in the study of history, receiving his bachelor's degree from Emory University and his 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 8 years.