Newt Gingrich is an American politician and former member of the US House of Representatives. He has also had careers as a professor, historian, and author. He is now a candidate for the Republican party’s nominee for the 2012 Presidential race. EDUinReview will now take a look at Gingrich’s education background.
Gingrich was born on June 17, 1943, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His name at birth was Newton Leroy McPherson. His parents are Kathleen and Newton Searies McPherson. The couple’s marriage did not last long and in 1946, his mother remarried an Army officer, Robert Gingrich, who then adopted Newt and gave him his last name. Kathleen and Robert had three daughters: Candace, Susan, and Roberta.
Since Robert was in the military, the family moved often and Newt attended many military academies, but graduated from Baker High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1961. Gingrich attended Emory University, where he earned his B.A. in history in 1965. He then attended Tulane University, where he earned a PhD in modern European history in 1971. The year before, he accepted a position as an Assistant History Professor at the University of West Georgia. In 1974, he switched departments and began teaching in the geography department. He left the University of West Georgia in 1978 because the university could no longer keep as a faculty member without making him a tenured professor. In 1993, Gingrich again became a teacher when he taught Renewing American Civilization at Kennesaw State University.
Gingrich first ran for a political position in 1974 when he ran for a Congress seat in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. He ran for the same position in 1976 and lost, but in 1978, he finally won the election. He was re-elected for this position six times and was in this office until January 1999. In 1995, he was made the 58th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives under Bill Clinton’s presidency.
On March 3, 2011, Gingrich announced his new website, “Newt Exploratory 2012″ in order to determine if he should run for president. In early May 2011, he officially announced his plans to run for President in 2012.
On a personal note, Gingrich has been married three times. His first marriage was to his high school geometry teacher; they divorced 18 years later and two children together. His second marriage was to Marianne Ginther in 1981. In 2000, Gingrich remarried again, this time to Callista Bisek, a House of Representatives staffer who is 23 years younger than him. The couple currently lives in McLean, Virginia.