Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

Highest Rated: 97% 13TH (2016)

Lowest Rated: 97% 13TH (2016)

Birthday: Jun 17, 1943

Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Newt Gingrich's path toward a long, influential career in politics was paved at an early age. He was born Newton Leroy McPherson on June 17, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pa., and was raised on military bases where his adoptive father, career Army officer Robert Gingrich, was stationed. While he lived with his family in France in the late 1950s, the younger Gingrich developed an interest in history and politics. A visit to the World War II site of the Battle of Verdun was particularly influential, as Newt learned about the sacrifices of war and the importance of political leadership. In 1970, Gingrich began a career in academia, joining West Georgia College as an assistant professor of history and geography. During this time, he launched his first bid for political office, losing twice to the Democratic incumbent before finally winning a seat in the House in 1978. From there, the Georgia representative would win re-election 10 times and gain great prominence in the conservative wing of the Republican Party. After House Minority Whip Dick Cheney was appointed Secretary of Defense in 1989, Gingrich narrowly won election to take his place. It became a signature moment for Gingrich, who used his newfound power to construct a more aggressive, activist party, leading to the drafting of the ``Contract With America.'' The document included policies such as welfare reform, tax cuts, tougher crime laws and a balanced budget law that Republicans pushed for once the party took House control in 1994. Soon enough, Gingrich was elected Speaker and fulfilled his promise to bring each facet of the Contract to a House vote. In helping guide the Republicans back to power - the party last controlled the House in 1954 - Gingrich was named Time magazine's 1995 ``Man of the Year.'' His popularity would eventually erode, however, amid hard-line stances against the policies of then-President Bill Clinton and charges of ethics violations, and a day after the Republicans lost five House seats during the 1998 midterm elections, Gingrich stepped down as Speaker. The next January, he resigned from his seat in Congress. He has not served in an official government position since, but the erudite former professor has remained actively involved in national politics and public policy debate. Even a failed run at the 2012 GOP presidential nomination hasn't dampened Gingrich's commitment to touting conservative Republican values. In addition to authoring several books, he serves as a consultant, TV commentator, and fellow at leading conservative think tanks. In 2016, Gingrich was back in the political spotlight as a supporter of future President Donald Trump and was reportedly among Trump's final three choices to be his running mate. (Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was eventually selected.)

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Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The First American Self - 2016
97% 90% 13TH Self - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Of By For Unknown (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet A City Upon a Hill: The Spirit of American Exceptionalism Narrator,
Executive Producer
- 2011
No Score Yet 88% Climate Refugees Unknown (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nine Days That Changed the World Executive Producer - 2010

TV

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No Score Yet 5% The View Guest 2013 2017-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Original Sin Self 2016
No Score Yet 75% The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013
93% 89% Parks and Recreation Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2012
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2003 2005 2008-2010
No Score Yet 41% Murphy Brown Unknown (Guest Star) 1996