Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich has joined the FOX News Channel as a political contributor in 1999, which marks Gingrich’s first television deal since leaving Congress.

Gingrich served as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999 and was a member of Congress for 20 years. During his tenure, Gingrich was known as the chief architect of the Republican Contract with America and a key player in the Republican Party’s regaining control of Congress after 40 years. He also championed the passing of the welfare reform, the first balanced budget in 10 years and the first tax cuts in 16 years. In 1995, Time named Gingrich "Man of the Year."

Currently, Gingrich is the CEO of The Gingrich Group, an Atlanta based communications and management consulting firm. He is also a member of the senior advisory board of the Secretary of Defense’s National Security Study Group and a board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Gingrich also serves as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institution and a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. In 1998, the Georgia Wildlife Federation named him Legislative Conservationist of the Year.

Gingrich is the author of five books including the bestseller, Contract with America and To Renew America. Gingrich received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a Master’s degree and Doctorate from Tulane University.