56 Facts About Newt Gingrich

1. Newt Gingrich has authored or co-authored 18 non-fiction books since 1982.

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2. Newt Gingrich has described James H Cromartie's painting of the US Capitol as "an exceptional and truly beautiful work of art"; in Norman Rockwell's work, he saw the embodiment of an America circa 1965, at odds with the prevailing sentiment of the modern day "cultural elites".

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3. Newt Gingrich wants the US to pursue new achievements in space, including sustaining civilizations beyond Earth, but advocates relying more on the private sector and less on the publicly funded NASA to drive progress.

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4. Newt Gingrich decided to officially become a Catholic when he saw Pope Benedict XVI, during the Pope's visit to the United States in 2008: "Catching a glimpse of Pope Benedict that day, I was struck by the happiness and peacefulness he exuded.

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5. Newt Gingrich said: "over the course of several years, I gradually became Catholic and then decided one day to accept the faith I had already come to embrace".

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6. Newt Gingrich converted to Catholicism, Bisek's faith, on March 29, 2009.

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7. In 1993, while still married to Marianne, Newt Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek, more than two decades his junior.

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8. Newt Gingrich expanded, saying, "They ought to worry about commitment under any circumstances.

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9. Newt Gingrich has identified education as "the number one factor in our future prosperity", and has partnered with Al Sharpton and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on education issues.

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10. Newt Gingrich has taken a diminutive view of internationalism and the United Nations.

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11. Newt Gingrich is a founder of American Solutions for Winning the Future.

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12. Newt Gingrich is most widely identified with the 1994 Contract with America.

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13. Newt Gingrich attended his wife's swearing-in as US Ambassador to the Holy See at the White House in October 2017.

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14. Newt Gingrich supported Trump more quickly than many other establishment Republicans.

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15. In 2016, Newt Gingrich filed a debt settlement plan document with the Federal Election Commission indicating his 2012 presidential campaign would pay zero dollars toward the more than $4.6 million in unpaid debts owed to 114 businesses and consultants.

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16. On January 3, 2012, Newt Gingrich finished in fourth place in the Iowa Republican caucuses, far behind Rick Santorum, Romney, and Ron Paul.

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17. On May 11, 2011, Newt Gingrich officially announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination in 2012.

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18. On March 3, 2011, Newt Gingrich officially announced a website entitled "Newt Exploratory 2012" in lieu of a formal exploratory committee for exploration of a potential presidential run.

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19. Newt Gingrich was heavily criticized for this endorsement, with conservatives questioning his candidacy for President in 2012 and even comparing him to Benedict Arnold.

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20. Newt Gingrich has signed the "Strong America Now" pledge committing to promoting Six Sigma methods to reduce government spending.

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21. Newt Gingrich is a fellow at conservative think tanks the American Enterprise Institute and Hoover Institution.

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22. Newt Gingrich is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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23. Newt Gingrich founded and served as the chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future, a 527 group established by Gingrich in 2007.

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24. Newt Gingrich is a guiding coalition member of the Project on National Security Reform.

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25. Newt Gingrich co-chaired an independent congressional study group made up of health policy experts formed in 2007 to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of action taken within the US to fight Alzheimer's disease.

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26. Newt Gingrich supported the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, creating the Medicare Part D federal prescription drugs benefit program.

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27. Newt Gingrich announced his intended and eventual full departure from the House in January 1999.

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28. Newt Gingrich explained that under no circumstance would he step down.

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29. In 1998, Newt Gingrich said that these comments were his "single most avoidable mistake" as Speaker.

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30. At the signing, Newt Gingrich gave credit to ordinary Americans stating, "It was their political will that brought the two parties together.

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31. Newt Gingrich praised Habitat for Humanity for sparking the movement to improve people's lives by helping them build their own homes.

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32. Newt Gingrich insisted that the Republican Party would continue to apply political pressure to the President to approve their welfare legislation.

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33. Newt Gingrich elevated junior and more ideologically extreme House members to powerful committees, such as the Appropriations Committee, which over time led to the obliteration of internal norms in the committees.

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34. Newt Gingrich is a key figure in the 2017 book The Polarizers by Colgate University political scientist Sam Rosenfeld about the American political system's shift to polarization and gridlock.

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35. Newt Gingrich was re-elected three times from this district against nominal Democratic opposition.

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36. Newt Gingrich sold his home in Carrollton and moved to Marietta in the new 6th.

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37. Newt Gingrich remarked that "The Speaker, by raising money and gerrymandering, has sincerely dedicated a part of his career to wiping me out.

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38. Newt Gingrich had overdrafts on twenty-two checks, including a $9,463 check to the Internal Revenue Service in 1990.

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39. Newt Gingrich was outspoken in his opposition to giving control over the canal to an administrator appointed by the dictatorship in Panama.

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40. Early in his role as Whip, in May 1989, Newt Gingrich was involved in talks about the appointment of a Panamanian administrator of the Panama Canal, which was scheduled to occur in 1989 subject to US government approval.

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41. Newt Gingrich said his intention to "build a much more aggressive, activist party".

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42. Newt Gingrich had not emphasized these during his first term.

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43. In 1983, Newt Gingrich founded the Conservative Opportunity Society, a group that included young conservative House Republicans.

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44. Newt Gingrich faced a close general election race once—in the House elections of 1990—when he won by 978 votes in a race against Democrat David Worley.

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45. Newt Gingrich lost to 20-year incumbent Democrat Jack Flynt by 2,770 votes.

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46. In 1974, Newt Gingrich made his first bid for political office as the Republican candidate in Georgia's 6th congressional district, which stretched from the southern Atlanta suburbs to the Alabama state line.

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47. Newt Gingrich was the southern regional director for Nelson Rockefeller in the 1968 Republican primaries.

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48. Newt Gingrich left the college in 1978 when he was elected to Congress.

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49. In 1970, Newt Gingrich joined the history department at West Georgia College as an assistant professor.

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50. Newt Gingrich has a half-sister and half-brother, Randy McPherson, from his father's side.

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51. Newt Gingrich was raised in Hummelstown and on military bases where his father was stationed.

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52. Newt Gingrich has three younger half-sisters, Candace and Susan Gingrich, and Roberta Brown.

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53. On May 2, 2012, Newt Gingrich ended his presidential campaign and endorsed front runner Mitt Romney, who won the nomination.

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54. Newt Gingrich resigned altogether from the House on January 3, 1999.

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55. Newt Gingrich served as House Minority Whip from 1989 to 1995.

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56. In 2012, Newt Gingrich was a candidate for the presidential nomination of his party.

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