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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 68, ended his self-described “wild ride” presidential bid on May 2, calling presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney a clear conservative alternative to President Barack Obama.

Gingrich left Congress and elective politics in 1999, when he stepped down as speaker. Between then and his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, Gingrich ran a Washington-based management and strategic consulting firm that bears his name and acted as a one-man Republican Party ideas incubator. The author of more than a dozen books, ranging from his take on the Civil War to essays on American culture. He recently released a children’s book written with his third wife, Callista.

Gingrich also headed a nonprofit political organization called American Solutions for Winning the Future, a Washington policy advocacy group that served as his primary fundraising operation. It closed in August after experiencing financial problems once the former speaker separated from it to run for president.

A college professor turned politician, Gingrich was first elected to Congress from Georgia in 1978. He joined a group of young members who began attacking Democrats more aggressively than the older generation of Republican House leaders. He led the party’s takeover of the House in the 1994 election, the so- called “Republican Revolution,” and was elevated to speaker the following year.

Gingrich’s tenure was marked by the 1995 partial government shutdown that led to a balanced budget agreement with Bill Clinton and the start of impeachment proceedings against the president. Gingrich announced in November 1998 he was stepping down as speaker, just days after his party lost seats in the midterm elections. He quit the House in January, 1999.

A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Gingrich was the adopted child of an Army officer and grew up on a variety of military installations. He graduated in 1965 from Emory University in Atlanta, where he majored in history, and received a PhD in history from New Orleans-based Tulane University in 1971.

Gingrich taught history and environmental studies at West Georgia College for eight years before his election to Congress. He is the father of two daughters.

Newt Gingrich News

  • Gingrich Concludes 'Wild Ride' Quest for Nomination

    Newt Gingrich ended his self-described “wild ride” presidential bid yesterday and called presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who he previously dismissed as a “Massachusetts moderate,” a clear conservative alternative to President Barack Obama.

  • Gingrich to End Campaign Tomorrow, Spokesman Says

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich officially will end his Republican presidential campaign tomorrow in Arlington, Virginia, spokesman R.C. Hammond said in an e-mail.

  • Gingrich to Suspend Campaign After Tough Primary Showing

    Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich will suspend his presidential candidacy after winning just two Republican primaries and falling far behind in the delegate count to his party’s presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, several people familiar with his plans said.

  • ‘Newt Inc.’ Bankrupt as Campaign Operates on Shoestring

    The former U.S. House speaker’s time on the campaign trail has led to the shuttering of two businesses that generated $107 million in income during the last 10 years and helped him accrue at least $7.3 million in assets.

  • Gingrich Couldn’t Cede Republican Race to Santorum

    The biggest what-if scenario of Rick Santorum’s presidential bid is whether an exit by Newt Gingrich weeks ago would have allowed the former Pennsylvania senator to overtake front-runner Mitt Romney in the Republican race.

  • Gingrich Says Romney Is the Most Likely Republican Nominee

    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said his rival Mitt Romney is “far and away” the most likely candidate to win the Republican nomination.Gingrich said he’ll endorse Romney if he gets a majority of the delegates to the Republican nominating convention.

  • Gingrich-Founded Health-Care Think Tank Files Bankruptcy

    Gingrich Group, which operates the Center for Health Transformation, yesterday listed debt of as much as $10 million and assets of less than $100,000 in Chapter 7 documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta, where it is based.

  • Romney Reaps Party Firepower as Gingrich Retrenches

    Mitt Romney is drawing influential Republican backers behind his presidential bid, as rival Newt Gingrich -- his long-shot campaign downsized and ambitions curbed -- retrenches for a months-long fight to deny the front- runner the party’s nomination.

  • Gingrich Cuts Republican Presidential Campaign Staff

    Newt Gingrich is reorganizing his presidential campaign, cutting one-third of his staff and scaling back his schedule following a series of losses in Republican primary contests and a shortage of funds for his candidacy.

  • Republican Contest Is ‘a Clown Show,’ Obama Adviser Says

    David Plouffe was responding to criticism by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum of Obama’s comments on the racially charged case of Trayvon Martin. Santorum accused Obama of “politicizing” the case; Gingrich said Obama is “dividing this country up.”

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Presidential Election News

  • Corker Says Congress to Raise Debt-Limit by Oct. 17 (Transcript)

    Updated 1 hour, 36 minutes ago

    Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that Congress will open the partially shuttered U.S. government and increase its borrowing limit on at least a short-term basis next week before the debt ceiling is reached Oct. 17.

  • King Says Tea Party Has Lost Shutdown Battle (Transcript)

    Updated 1 hour, 56 minutes ago

    Representative Peter King, a New York Republican who opposed the partial U.S. government shutdown from the start, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that House Republicans aligned with the Tea Party have lost their fight with the president, and that Congress soon will open the government and raise the debt ceiling.

  • Republican Hostage Game Has Only Just Begun

    Republicans will try again to extract spending cuts by holding the U.S. economy hostage in future government shutdowns.

  • Budget Battle Ends Soon With Tea Party Loss: King, Corker

    Updated 1 hour, 3 minutes ago

    Congress will open the partially shuttered government and increase its borrowing limit on at least a short-term basis next week before the debt ceiling is reached Oct. 17, Senator Bob Corker said today.

  • Will Obama Join FDR and LBJ in Liberal Pantheon?

    From the early 20th century to the present day, the history of American liberalism has centered on strong presidents ramming “progressive” legislation through hesitant Congresses.

  • Vulnerable Republicans Brace for Hard Post-Shutdown Races

    Updated 1 hour, 5 minutes ago

    Nobody in the U.S. House Republican majority is hitting the panic button -- yet.

  • Obama Hard-Line Debt Stance Rooted in Anger Over '11 Impasse

    Shortly before President Barack Obama was re-elected, he confided to John Podesta, an informal adviser, a vow he was making for his second term: He would never again bargain with Republicans to extend the U.S. debt limit.

  • California Republicans See Opportunity in Sex Scandal

    California Republicans, who have surrendered the governor’s office, a majority of the legislature and every other statewide post, are looking to begin a comeback in San Diego, where the mayor’s office has been thrown open by a sex scandal.

  • States Eliminating Aid for Poor as Shutdown Forces Cuts

    Updated 1 hour, 35 minutes ago

    States are planning to idle workers and cut services because federal funding is drying up as a partial U.S. government shutdown extends into a 10th day.

  • Not All Voters Equal as States Move to Two-Tier Ballots

    Arizona and Kansas, where top state posts come up for grabs next year, are creating two-tiered voting systems to bar some residents from casting ballots in all but congressional races unless they prove they’re U.S. citizens.

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