US House of Representatives
In 1995, Newt Gingrich was elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, where he served until 1999. He was first elected to Congress in 1978, serving the Sixth District of Georgia for 20 years. Mr. Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the Contract with America that led the Republican party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the US House for the first time in 40 years. Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation, and the first tax cuts in 16 years, as well as restored funding to strengthen our defense and intelligence capabilities. Mr. Gingrich is widely recognized for his commitment to a better healthcare system for all Americans; his leadership has helped save Medicare from bankruptcy and prompted FDA reform to help the seriously ill by initiating a new focus on research, prevention, and wellness. To foster such a modern health system that provides better outcomes at lower cost, he launched the Center for Health Transformation. Mr. Gingrich is also the CEO of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm that specializes in transformational change. In his post-Speaker role he has become one of the most highly sought-after public speakers, recognized internationally as an expert on world history, military issues, and international affairs. Mr. Gingrich serves as a member of the Defense Policy Board, is on the terrorism task force for the Council on Foreign Relations, and was appointed in 1999 to the US Commission on National Security/21st Century, the Hart/Rudman Commission to examine our national security challenges as far out as 2025. He has published seven books, including the bestsellers Contract with America and To Renew America, and his most recent books are Saving Lives & Saving Money, Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, and the sequel, Grant Comes East, co-authored with William Fortschen. His latest literary work is Winning the Future. Mr. Gingrich is also a news and political analyst for the FOX News channel.