An American political luminary and former U.S. House Speaker, Newt Gingrich will serve as the keynote speaker at Mississippi College’s 2015 scholarship dinner scheduled for April 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Anderson Hall.
A CNN contributor and the author of 24 books, Gingrich was first elected to Congress in 1978, and went on to represent Georgia with distinction for two decades. Gingrich was elected Speaker of the House in 1995 after orchestrating a “Republican Revolution” on Capitol Hill, and was recognized as Time magazine’s 1995 Man of the Year. Despite partisan differences, Gingrich worked with former Democratic President Bill Clinton to reform the nation’s welfare system, cut the capital gains tax, and balance the federal budget.
Fourteen of Gingrich’s fiction and non-fiction books have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. An astute political commentator, he has served as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Gingrich has helped raise millions of dollars for charities, including Habitat for Humanity, United Cerebral Palsy, the American Cancer Society, and Zoo Atlanta. Gingrich and his wife, Callista, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. The couple lives in McLean, Virginia.
Mississippi College leaders are confident Gingrich will provide his audience with plenty of political food for thought with the United States’ 2016 presidential elections fast approaching.
“Newt Gingrich is a giant in U.S. political history and an icon of American conservatism,” says Mississippi College political science professor Glenn Antizzo. “During his tenure as Speaker of the House, Gingrich’s power and influence eclipsed that of the president himself.”
Gingrich joins an all-star lineup of scholarship banquet speakers. Previous keynote speakers have included Dr. Benjamin Carson and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, both potential candidates in the 2016 presidential election, as well as former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The annual event has generated more than $2 million for MC student scholarships since former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole kicked off the series in 2008.