Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich11 posts
18 Nov, 2016

Will not be in Trump Cabinet

Makes Statement

Gingrich says he will not serve in the Trump administration in any official role. He dies not say whether the decision not to be in the new government was his or Trump’s. The Trump transition team has commented. Serving as a private citizen, Gingrich says he could engage the executive and legislative branches and the Republican Party.

I will not be in the Cabinet. I intend to be focused on strategic planning.

9 Jun, 2014

Lobbies mayor for zoo

10 year old Gingrich tells his mother he is going to the library but instead goes to the Harrisburg mayor’s office to make the case for a local zoo. The mayor sends him to the local newspaper, where Newt informs the editor

your mayor and I were talking about Harrisburg having a zoo. He thought you might give us some newspaper support.

The editor asks Gingrich to write a column on the subject, which runs on the front page.


28 May, 2014

Endorses Bill Cassidy

Political Endorsement

In Baton Rouge, Gingrich endorses congressman Bill Cassidy’s run for U.S. Senate position.

In the Senate, we can count on Dr. Cassidy to stand up for Louisiana values, unleash our energy economy and promote a culture of life. I’m proud to support his candidacy and I look forward to seeing the work he will do in the U.S. Senate.

16 May, 2014

Endorses Ralph Hall

Political Endorsement

Speaking in Washington, he endorses Rep. Ralph Hall in the Republican primary runoff against opponent John Ratcliffe.

It’s been my honor to know Ralph for many years, and I assure you his steadfast commitment to making our borders safe, fighting against government’s overreach and standing up for conservative values is second to none.


22 Mar, 1989

Elected House Whip

Winning in a close victory, both sides of the house are pleased with the outcome.  Gingrich himself sees it as winds of change in the American political system.

The truth is, I represent a general mood and a general direction

He goes on to promise a brand of politics that is, “more activist, more outreach, more aggressive”.

8 Aug, 1981

Gingrich, Ginther marry


Gingrich and Ginther marry only months after meeting at a political fundraiser.

…And the person who clearly is my closest friend and my best adviser and who, if I listened to about 20 percent more, I’d get in less trouble, my wife, Marianne, is there…

1 Feb, 1981

Gingrich, Battley divorce


Gingrich divorces his wife of 18 years, Jackie Battley among rumors that he presented her with papers while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery.  His official divorce complaint states that

the marriage of the parties is irretriebably (sic) broken.

Battley’s official response is recorded as:

Defendant shows that she has adequate and ample grounds for divorce, but that she does not desire one at this time.  Although defendant does not admit that this marriage is irretrievably broken, defendant has been hopeful that an arrangement for temporary support of defendant and the two minor daughters of the parties could be mutually agreed upon without the intervention of this court.  All efforts to date have been unsuccessful.

2 Nov, 1976

Second congressional loss

Gingrich pursues a congressional seat for a second time.  He again loses against Flynt, this time with 48.3% of the vote.


5 Nov, 1974

First bid for Congress

Gingrich runs against Rep. Jack Flynt, a 20-year Democratic incumbent, but Gingrich loses with 48.5% of the vote.

17 Jun, 1943

Newt Gingrich born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Newton Leroy McPherson is born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Kathleen and Newton McPherson. He is adopted by his stepfather, Robert Gingrich.  He attends school at several military installations in the US and abroad and graduates from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1961.

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