Gingrich was born in Pennsylvania in 1943. He graduated college from Emory University in 1965 and received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University afterwards. After school Gingrich taught history for eight years at the University of West Virginia. Gingrich first entered public office when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia's 6th district in 1978 on his third attempt for that seat. Gingrich was re-elected ten times, spending three terms as the House Minority Whip (1989-1995) and the last two as Speaker of the House, stepping down in 1999. Gingrich is running for President in 2012.
Current PositionFormer Speaker of the House