Former [Republican]( Speaker of the House (1995-1999) and political disruptor who reportedly participated in the efforts to overturn the [2020 election]( by: * exchanging emails with [[Donald Trump]] advisors Jason Miller and Jared Kushner to provide detailed input on the scripting of [Big Lie]( TV ads * involved in the scheme to produce fake electors, continuing to push this plan even on the night of [January 6 after the violent attack on the Capitol]( # Gingrich history Gingrich entered politics in the 1970s and was elected to [[Congress]] from Georgia in 1978, where he served until 1999. He became a prominent figure in the Republican Party, advocating for [conservative]( policies and the "[[Contract with America]]" in 1994, which helped Republicans take control of the [[House of Representatives]]. During his time as Speaker, Gingrich played a significant role in shaping national policy, including the passage of welfare reform and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. He also became known for his confrontational style and clashes with President Bill Clinton, including the government shutdowns of 1995 and 1996. After leaving Congress, Gingrich continued to be involved in politics as a [right-wing]( political commentator and consultant. He also unsuccessfully ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Gingrich is the author of over 30 books, including "Contract with America: The Bold Plan by Rep. Newt Gingrich, Rep. [[Dick Armey]], and the House Republicans to Change the Nation," and "Trump vs. China: Facing America's Greatest Threat."