Born: June 17, 1943,Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s):Jackie Battley (1962-1981), Marianne Ginther (1981-2000), Callista Gingrich(2000-?)
Children: Two daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.
Residence : Carrollton, Georgia (79-93), Marrietta, Georgia (93-99) McLean Virginia (Current)
Alma mater:Emory University,Tulane University
Profession:College Professor, author, Member of Congress
Religion: Roman Catholic
Political Career :
- Two unsuccessful runs for Congress in Georgia’s sixth congressional district in 1974 and 1976
- Elected to Congress in 1978 and subsequently served for 8 more terms until 1999
- From 1989 to 1995 he served as the 16th United States House Minority Whip
- From 1995 to 1999 he served as the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Throughout his continuing career, Gingrich has proven to be a prolific and top selling author. Most of his novels are comprised of innovative, conservative policyinitiatives and directions that are rooted in the founding principle of our nation. His firstbook was published in January of 1982. It wasentitledThe Government’s Role in Solving Societal Problems and offered a solid foundation for conservative leadership in America. But his breakout book came in 1985 withWindow of Opportunity, a profound compilation of of path to prosperity in America.
Other works include:
- Contract with America (co-editor).
- Restoring the Dream
- Quotations from Speaker Newt
- To Renew America
- Lessons Learned The Hard Way
- Presidential Determination Regarding Certification of the Thirty-Two Major Illicit Narcotics Producing and Transit Countries
- Saving Lives and Saving Money
- Winning the Future
- Rediscovering God in America
- A Contract with the Earth
- Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: A Handbook for Slashing Gas Prices and Solving Our Energy Crisis
- Real Change: From the World That Fails to the World That Works
- To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine
Newt has also written a substantial number of historical novels:
- Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War
- Grant Comes East Thomas Dunne Books
- Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory
- Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th
- Days of Infamy
Newt is probably not going to be Mitt Romney’s choice as a running mate. While he is consistently considered the smartest man in the room, he is also one of the most loosest cannons in any room and although he can easily bring some very positive qualities to the ticket, it his baggage that may keep prevent us from every seeing how positive those qualities may be on the G.O.P. presidential ticket.
Newt would certainly be impressive in any vice presidential debates, although it is more than likely that the Obama ticket will only allow one vice presidential debate, if even that. Newt would also certainly be able to condense the election down to several very succinct and powerful words that the average voter would be able to relate to in a most convincing way.
But Newt will also shoot from the hip and in what will undoubtedly be a highly negative campaign waged with the near billion dollar campaign war chest of the Obama ticket, any stray bullets fired off by Newt could become lethal distractions that the Romney campaign can ill afford.
As a play it safe kind of guy, Newt is probably too much of a risk for Romney’s liking and Newt’s long and accomplished political career is most likely open to up criticism for Romney to want to take on. Therefore, despite Newt’s ability to compensate for several of Mitt’s shortcomings, such as a lack of innovation and boldness as well as a lack of any popular anti-establishment sentiments, Newt will probably not be Vice President anytime soon.
- Articulate and has a great capacity for shaping issues in a way that makes the conservative approach to our problems seem like common sense
- Has an anti-establishmentarian streak that can appeal to independents and T.E.A. Party activists and compensate for Romney’s establishment image
- Great in debate
- Brings unappalled experience to the ticket
- Would help Romney among Southern conservatives who are not comfortable with him
- Has personal baggage which can easily become a distraction in the campaign
- Has been a harsh critic of Mitt Romney and his policies
- Shoots from the hip and can be a very loose cannon
- Has the potential to overshadow Mitt Romney
In some ways, Newt would be the perfect Vice President. Having once been the second in line for presidency, his expereince is invaluable. He is also incredibly articulate and dogged in his defense of conservative values and tireless in his efforts to find innovative solutions to our problems and ways to remove government from our everyday lives. But Newt has an ego problem and it often gets in his way and it is that ego problem which Mitt Romney will probably not allow to get in the way of his winning the White House.
Furthermore; while Newt was relatively competetive in the first half of the primary process, he never quite caught on and proved that he can’t be counted on as a favorite son of the South who could motivate those Southern voters who are uninspired by Romney.
Overall, while the slection of Newt would be a good one from a policy, management and issue oriented angle, from a political perspective regarding an election, Newt is not the best choice for Mitt.
Some Past Key Votes
Dec. 19, 1998 – President Clinton was charged with willfully providing perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury concerning one or more of the following:: – …
Dec. 19, 1998 – -Accuses President Clinton of obstructing justice by coaching White House Secretary Betty Currie in potential testimony, encouraging Monica Lewinsky to lie under oath and by …
Dec. 19, 1998 – – Accuses President Clinton of committing perjury on December 23, 1997, during his testimony in a Federal civil rights action brought against him by Paula …
Gingrich on the Issues