175 Makers of History: Newt Gingrich

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Speaker of U.S. House of Representatives

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, a 2012 Republican presidential hopeful, got his start in organized politics as an Emory sophomore, founding the Young Republicans club in 1962.

Before being elected to Congress in 1978, he taught history and environmental studies at West Georgia College. Gingrich still teaches as a distinguished visiting scholar and professor at the National Defense University.

A member of Congress from Georgia for twenty years, including four as Speaker of the House, Gingrich crafted the Republican Party's "Contract with America," which in 1994 led to the party's first congressional majority in 40 years. He also served on the Defense Policy Board for President George W. Bush.

Author of 23 books, 13 of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list, he now leads Gingrich Productions with his wife, Callista, producing historical documentaries, multimedia projects, and books.