Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and CNN Contributor
Newt Gingrich, Ph.D., is a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a prominent political analyst, appearing regularly on cable and broadcast news programs. As a Senior Scientist, he advises Gallup on issues related to higher education, healthcare and the Gallup World Poll.
Speaker Gingrich served the 6th Congressional District of Georgia from 1978 to 1999. He is well-known as the architect of the "Contract With America," a set of proposals that helped the Republican Party capture the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. He was elected Speaker of the House in 1995 and served in that role until 1999. Speaker Gingrich was named TIME magazine's "Man of the Year" in 1995. From May 2011 to May 2012, he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
Speaker Gingrich has served as a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. A leading advocate of increased federal funding for basic science research, he received the Science Coalition's first Science Pioneer award in 2001 for his outstanding contributions to educating the public about science and its benefits to society.
Widely recognized for his commitment to a better system of health for all Americans, Speaker Gingrich founded the Center for Health Transformation in 2003, leading the organization until 2011. The American Diabetes Association awarded him the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Diabetes, its highest non-medical award, and he was named the 1995 Citizen of the Year by the March of Dimes.
Recognized internationally as an expert on world history, military issues and international affairs, Speaker Gingrich has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board. He was a member of the Independent Task Force on America's Response to Terrorism for the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2005, he co-chaired the Task Force on U.N. Reform, a bipartisan Congressional effort to reform the United Nations.
Speaker Gingrich is a former college professor of history, environmental studies and geography. He is the author of more than two dozen best-selling historical novels and public policy books. With his wife, Callista Gingrich, he hosts and produces historical and public policy documentaries. He received his bachelor's degree from Emory University and master's and doctorate in modern European history from Tulane University.