Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich formally announced his campaign for president on May 11, 2011. Since leaving his role as Speaker Gingrich has kept busy as a news analyst, commentator and author. In 2008 he flirted with the idea of running for President but never committed. Now he is a presidential candidate for 2012.
Born June 17, 1943 Newt Gingrich was raised early on in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania but moved around frequently growing up. He received a B.A. in history from Emory University in Atlanta. He received an M.A. in 1968, and then a PhD in modern European history from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1971. In 1970, Gingrich was appointed an Assistant Professor in the history department at West Georgia College. In 1974 he moved to the geography department. He was instrumental in establishing an environmental studies department at the college.
In 1974 and 1976 Gingrich made two unsuccessful campaigns for Georgia’s sixth Congressional seat. He ran again in 1978 and was successful, being reelected six times. In the 1994 elections Gingrich, with the help of other Republicans, devised the Contract With America a set of ten policies meant to rally voters. Republicans gained 54 seats and took control of the House for the first time since 1954. Gingrich became Speaker of the House.
Gingrich has been married three times and is currently married to Callista Gingrich.
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