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The Marriages of Newt Gingrich

Married to Jackie Battley, Marianne Ginther, Callista Bisek


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Newt Gingrich on April 9, 2007 in Washington, D.C.

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Currently married to Callista Bisek, Newt Gingrich has been married three times. His two previous marriages ended in divorce after he had affairs with younger women and when his wives were seriously ill. Here is information about Newt Gingrich's three marriage relationships.

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5/11/2011: Newt Gingrich announced his candidacy for President of the U.S.

Third Marriage: Callista Bisek

Second Marriage: Marianne Ginther

First Marriage: Jackie Battley

Newt Gingrich Marriage Timeline

1962: Newt married Jackie Battley on June 19, 1962.
1963: Newt's daughter Kathy was born.
1966: Newt's daughter Jackie Sue was born.
1980: Newt met Marianne Ginther in January 1980.
1980: Jackie and Newt separated in April 1980.
1981: Jackie Battley and Newt Gingrich's divorce was finalized in February 1981.
1981: Six months later Newt married Marianne Ginther on August 8, 1981.
1987: Marianne and Newt separated in June 1987.
1993: Newt and Callista Bisek began their affair in November 1993.
1993: Marianne and Newt reconciled in late 1993/early 1994.
1999: Newt and Marianne separated in May 1999 and filed for divorce in July.
1999: Marianne and Newt reached a settlement in their divorce case.
2000: Marianne and Newt's divorce was finalized in April 2000.
2000: Callista Bisek and Newt announced their engagement.
2000: Newt married Callista Bisek on August 18, 2000.
Elspeth Reeve: "The animal lover impeached the president for infidelities while cheating on his wife with a woman who became famous for wearing her hair like a counterrevolutionary helmet."
Source: Elspeth Reeve. "The GOP Primary: Where Are They Now?" theAtlanticWire.com. 2/15/2013.
Ariel Levy: "With his first marriage, he rebelled against his parents, who never approved of the age difference between him and Battley. (His stepfather boycotted their wedding.) To pursue Marianne Ginther, he had to abandon the family he’d put at the center of his campaign, infuriating even his former partisans. And with Callista he put himself in another impossible situation that he’d need to fight his way out of. According to Ginther, he asked Callista to marry him before he told Ginther he wanted a divorce — while he was championing the Personal Responsibility Act."
Source: Ariel Levy. "The Good Wife." NewYorker.com. 1/23/2012.
Maggie Haberman: "Newt Gingrich addressed his multiple nuptials and admitted affairs more head-on than he has to date, telling the Christian Broadcast Network that he sought God's 'forgiveness' for the things he did wrong and that he now has a 'great' marriage."
Source: Maggie Haberman. "Newt Gingrich: 'I was doing things that were wrong.'" Politico.com. 3/08/2011.
Newt when asked how he could be unfaithful and give a speech on family values: "It doesn't matter what I do," he answered. "People need to hear what I have to say. There's no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn't matter what I live."
Source: John H. Richardson. "Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican." Esquire.com. 8/10/2010.
AP: "In 1994, Gingrich responded to reports he'd had extramarital affairs while running a family-values campaign in 1978 by saying, "In the 1970s, things happened."
Source: AP. "Wife's lawyer to question woman in Gingrich divorce case." Marysville Journal-Tribune. Marysville, Ohio. 8/13/1999. pg. 2.

Additional Resources:
Jason Linkins. "Newt Gingrich Opens Up About His Lady Problems." HuffingtonPost.com. 3/09/2011.
AP. "Today's Newsmakers." The Valley Independent. Monessen, Pennsylvania. 4/07/2000. pg. 2.

Third Marriage: Callista Bisek

Second Marriage: Marianne Ginther

First Marriage: Jackie Battley


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