Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, appointed Hoover institution Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Tuesday, June 15, 1999

Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been appointed a Hoover Institution Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

In his capacity as a Hoover Institution fellow, he will focus on the study of technology, society and public policy.

"Newt Gingrich is a superb generator of ideas and vision relating to the well-being of our society," said Hoover Institution Director John Raisian. "Hoover's theme of 'Ideas Defining a Free Society' coincides with Newt's talents and interests. His specific interest of looking at technology in our locale is also a terrific fit as we engage one another. Newt is a leading figure in the United States and we are delighted to have him join us as a colleague."

"I am delighted to join the fellows at the Hoover Institution," Gingrich said. "The Hoover Institution is home to some of the most brilliant minds in the world today, and is playing an important role in shaping our future. I look forward to exploring the entrepreneurship and innovation of Silicon Valley, and relating its successes to the direction public policy should take in the information age."

Gingrich was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. In 1995, he became Speaker of the House and de facto leader of the Republican Party. He earned an M.A. degree in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1971, both from Tulane University. From 1970 to 1978, he taught history and environmental studies at West Georgia College in Carrollton.

He leads the Gingrich Group, which was established to develop strategic initiatives with national and global employers on a broad range of economic issues, including issues related to health and health care, the environment, information systems, international finance, international relations, and trade. It is part of a strategic alliance with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gingrich also is a member of the congressionally chartered National Strategic Study Group.

He is the author or coauthor of five books including To Renew America (1996), Lessons Learned the Hard Way: A Personal Report (1998), and the novel 1945 (1996).

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace is a public policy research center founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover and located on the campus of Stanford University. Among its more than 60 fellows who are devoted to the advanced study of domestic and international affairs are four Nobel laureates. It is also the home of one of the largest archives and most complete libraries in the world on political, economic, and social change in the 20th century.

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