Some Lesser Known Facts About Newt Gingrich
- Does Newt Gingrich smoke?: Not Known
- Does Newt Gingrich drink alcohol?: Yes
- He was born as Newton Leroy McPherson at the Harrisburg hospital in Pennsylvania.
- His father was 19 and his mother was 16 when they married in September 1942.
- Soon after the marriage, his parents separated and his mother married to an Army Officer Robert Gingrich who adopted Newt as his son.
- He was raised mostly in Hummelstown and on military bases where his adopted father Robert Gingrich was stationed.
- During his junior year in high school in 1960, he moved to Georgia at Fort Benning along with his family.
- He developed interest in politics since his teen years and also visited the site of the Battle of Verdun to learn the sacrifice and importance of political leadership.
- In 1985, he regretted his decision not to serve in the military.
- In 1969-70, he spent 6 months in Brussels for working on his dissertation- “Belgian Education Policy in the Congo 1945–1960”.
- In 1970, he joined as an assistant professor in the History department at the West Georgia College.
- He moved to the department of Geography in 1974 and proved instrumental in establishing an interdisciplinary environmental studies program.
- In 1978, he left the college and was elected to Congress.
- He is known for leading the Republican Revolution in 1988.
- He became the 1st Republican Speaker of the House in 40 years after the 1994 mid-term elections.
- He 1998, he pushed for Bill Clinton’s impeachment in Monica Lewinsky case.
- In 1999, he left Congress and started a number of for-profit companies.
- In 2007, he established Gingrich Productions’, which is headed by his wife Callista Gingrich. They host & produce historical documentaries, write books and also make television and radio appearances.
- Since 1982, he has authored/co-authored 18 non-fiction books.
- In 2010, his production company- Gingrich Productions’, produced a documentary film- Nine Days that Changed the World.
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