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.

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Full Name: 
Newton Leroy Gingrich
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, June 17, 1943

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Atlanta, Georgia
Alma Mater: 
Emory University (B.A.)
Tulane University (M.A./PhD)




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Gingrich believes in a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants such as those who have served in the military.

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Gingrich is a supporter of reduced taxes and spending cuts.

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Gingrich sees many threats from overseas and believes we need to increase our military presence, improve intelligence services and use force to combat nations capable of posing threats.

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Gingrich views the destruction of forests and the killing of endangered species as the biggest threat to the environment.

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Legislative Career

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U.S. House of Representatives
1979 to 1999
- District 6
U.S. House of Representatives
1995 to 1999
Speaker of the House
- District 6
U.S. House of Representatives
1989 to 1995
Minority Whip
- District 6

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