FORMER SPEAKER OF THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Born Newton Leroy McPherson in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1943, Gingrich was adopted and changed his surname when his young mother remarried a career military man. The Gingrich family was constantly on the move, and Newt attended an array schools on various military bases. After 16 years as a Republican in the House of Representatives, Gingrich became the 58th Speaker of the House in January 1995. That same year, he was named ‘Time Magazine Person of the Year’.
Of the alternatives, Tom Foley preceded Gingrich as House Speaker. A Representative from Washington, he was born in Spokane WA in 1929. Dick Cheney, Vice President under G.W. Bush and a former Representative from Wyoming, preceded Gingrich as the House Minority Leader. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1941. Tip O’Neill is another former Speaker of the House, where he represented Massachusetts. He was born in Cambridge MA in 1912.