"My colleagues and I are delighted that a man of Newt Gingrich’s intellect, energy, and accomplishment should be joining our ranks," said AEI President Christopher DeMuth in announcing the appointment on March 22. "He has many warm friends and admirers at AEI, and we are looking forward with great enthusiasm to working with him. Mr. Gingrich is renowned for combining innovative policy thinking with astute political judgment—a rare combination that is exactly what is required to move beyond the current impasses in health care and other urgent areas of policy reform."
Mr. Gingrich’s initial project will address health and health care. "The main focus of my work at AEI," he explained, "will be to develop an information-age model for health, wellness, and health care within the rapidly changing world of communications, evolving information technologies, and biological discovery. The increase in access to information in real time through the evolution of the Internet will enable health care services to be dramatically more centered around the patient as the customer. The goal of this project will be to use information and increased personal responsibility and decision-making to empower individual patient-customers in a way that will create opportunities for better health at lower cost with greater patient satisfaction."
Mr. Gingrich earned his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in modern European history from Tulane University. Before entering politics he taught history and environmental studies at West Georgia College for eight years. 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).
First elected to represent Georgia’s Sixth District in the House of Representatives in 1978, Mr. Gingrich held that seat for twenty years before stepping down in January 1999. Elected House Republican Whip in 1989, he is credited as the architect of the Republican Party’s Contract with America, which led to the GOP’s dramatic victories in the 1994 elections and the first Republican majority in the House in forty years. He was elected Speaker of the House in 1995 and in 1997 became the first Republican Speaker to be reelected since 1928.
Mr. Gingrich and his wife, Marianne, are active in a wide variety of civic and philanthropic activities, including Habitat for Humanity International, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and several other health, welfare, and animal-protection organizations. Mr. Gingrich is also a member of the congressionally chartered National Strategic Study Group.