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Marianne Ginther and Newt Gingrich Marriage Profile

Newt Gingrich's Second Marriage


Newt's second marriage was to Marianne Ginther who he met at a fund-raiser in Ohio. When asked about the chances of his marriage to Marianne lasting, Newt didn't give it very good odds.

News Updates:

1/19/2012: Marianne Gingrich's two-hour interview with ABC's Brian Ross will be shown on Nightline prior to the South Carolina primary.


Newt Gingrich aka Newton Leroy McPherson: June 17, 1943 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Marianne Ginther: Abt. 1958. Marianne grew up in Leetonia, Ohio.

How Newt and Marianne Met:

Marianne and Newt met in January 1980 at a Republican fund-raiser in Ohio.
Ariel Levy: "One year later, he met Marianne Ginther at a political fund-raiser in Ohio, and within weeks, she told the journalist John Richardson, he asked her to marry him. It was 'way too early, and he wasn’t divorced yet,' she said. 'I should have known there was a problem.'”
Source: Ariel Levy. "The Good Wife." NewYorker.com. 1/23/2012.

Wedding Date:

Marianne and Newt were married on August 8, 1981 in a Lutheran Church in Leetonia, Ohio.


Marianne Ginther: Former personnel clerk with the Secret Service, county planner, business consultant.

Newt Gingrich: Fox News political analyst, politician, author, public speaker, Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives during 1995-1999, producer.


While married, Newt and Marianne lived in Washington D.C. and had an apartment in Jonesboro, Georgia.

Ginther/Gingrich Divorce:

The bumpy marriage relationship of Newt and Marianne was first noticed when the couple separated in June 1987. After having separate residences for six years, Newt and Marianne reportedly reconciled.
"He [Thomas Browning] said the Gingriches maintained separate residences for six years before reconciling in late 1993 or early 1994."
Source: AP. "Gingrich reveals 6-year separation in latest filing for his divorce." Marysville Journal-Tribune. Marysville, Ohio. 8/31/1999. pg. 3.
Marianne and Newt separated again on May 10, 1999 and Newt filed for divorce on July 29, 1999.
John Mayoue: "I can tell you that she [Marianne] thought that they had a very sound marriage, right up until this unexpected demand for divorce."
Source: AP. "Wife's lawyer to question woman in Gingrich divorce case." Marysville Journal-Tribune. Marysville, Ohio. 8/13/1999. pg. 2.
In May 2002, Newt asked the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta for an annulment based on the fact that Marianne was reportedly previously married.
John Richardson: "She [Marianne] was not bitter about the divorce or angry at Gingrich, but it was clear that she'd been brooding about what happened for years, that the divorce introduced a note of unreality that permanently shook her life —- she'd been going along thinking everything was one way for eighteen years and then suddenly it wasn't that way."
Source: John H. Richardson. "Why Marianne Gingrich Told Me About a Vulnerable Newt." Esquire.com. 8/10/2010.
"We were married 19 years, and now he wants to say it didn't exist."
Source: AP. "People in the news." Marysville Journal-Tribune. Marysville, Ohio. 5/11/2002. pg. 7.

Quotes About the Marriage of Marianne Ginther and Newt Gingrich:

Newt: "Let me be quite clear. Let me be quite clear. The story is false. Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period said the story was false. We offered several of them to ABC to prove it was false."
Source: "CNN Nuked by Newt." FoxNews.com. 1/19/2012.

Marianne Gingrich: "And I just stared at him and he said, 'Callista doesn't care what I do,' He wanted an open marriage and I refused ... He always called me at night and always ended with 'I love you.' Well, she was listening."
Source: Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz. "Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to be President, Ex-Wife Says." ABCNews.go.com. 1/19/2012.

James V. Grimaldi: "Newt Gingrich asked Marianne for an “open marriage” so that he could continue to see whoever he wanted. Marianne Gingrich, who had attended services in a Baptist church with Newt Gingrich, refused."
Source: James V. Grimaldi. "Marianne Gingrich, Newt's ex-wife, says he wanted 'open marriage.'" WashingtonPost.com. 1/19/2012.

Holly Bailey: "Speaking about the breakup of the marriage for the first time, Marianne Gingrich tells Esquire’s John H. Richardson that her former husband lied to the public when he insisted they had an “understanding” about the affair. She says Gingrich tried to convince her to “tolerate” his relationship with Bisek, but she refused."
Source: Holly Bailey. "As Gingrich considers 2012 run, his ex-wife talks about their breakup." News.yahoo.com. 8/10/2010.

Marianne: "We started talking and we never quit until he asked me for a divorce ... He asked me to marry him way too early. And he wasn't divorced yet. I should have known there was a problem."
Source: John H. Richardson. "Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican." Esquire.com. 8/10/2010.

John Richardson: "Back in the 1990s, she [Marianne] told a reporter she could end her husband's career with a single interview. She held her tongue all through the affair and the divorce and even through the annulment Gingrich requested from the Catholic Church two years later, trying to erase their shared past."
Source: John H. Richardson. "Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican." Esquire.com. 8/10/2010.

Marianne: "He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don't have to be connected."
Source: John H. Richardson. "Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican." Esquire.com. 8/10/2010.

Jake Tapper: "Gingrich married his second wife, Marianne Ginther, months after he divorced Battley in 1981. According to Battley, Gingrich discussed divorce terms with her while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery."
Source: Jake Tapper. "Gingrich Admits to Affair During Clinton Impeachment." ABCNews.go.com. 3/09/2007.

"In those giddy days after the 1994 election that made him Speaker, Newt and Marianne Gingrich decided to drive to the Georgia coast for Thanksgiving so they could have time to talk, time to think, time to sort out what had happened to them. Marianne has always been Newt's sounding board, the one to bring him down to earth."
Source: "Fall of the House of Newt." Time. 11/16/1998. pg. 38.

Marianne: "You marry to get married, not because you want to change the world."
Source: Leslie Kaufman-Rosen. "Newt's one-woman focus group." Newsweek. 2/13/1995. pg. 31.

Candace, Newt's sister: "Jackie was his equal. With Marianne, initially, he was the authority, the high power."
Source: Gail Sheehy. "The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich." Vanity Fair. 9/1995. Pbs.org.

Betty Sekula: "Newt was indifferent to Marianne right from the beginning. It was him, not us."
Source: Gail Sheehy. "The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich." Vanity Fair. 9/1995. Pbs.org.

Gail Sheehy: "I ask Marianne if their marriage was a one-sided equation from the beginning. "That's true ... I was necessarily happy being married to someone like Newt," she admits. Later on, she says, "I made it very clear I wasn't happy with certain behaviors." She gave him a copy of the book Men Who Hate Women & The Women Who Love Them (compare prices), by Susan Forward and Joan Torres. The book describes men who are socialized to dominate and control. One variation is the "Henry Higgins" type of man, who is "often charming and even loving," but who switches to "cruel, critical, insulting behavior on a moment's notice ... They gain control by grinding the woman down. They refuse to take responsibility for how the attacks make their partners feel." "Oh, boy, does that sound like Newt!" exclaims a family friend ... At one point, Newt publicly described the chances of his second marriage succeeding as 53-47. He confides during our interview that he really had not learned to express emotion until he married Marianne -- when he was nearly 40."
Source: Gail Sheehy. "The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich." Vanity Fair. 9/1995. Pbs.org.

Bill Sanderson: "Gingrich asked Marianne for the divorce by phoning her on Mother's Day, 1999."
Source: Bill Sanderson. "Newt's Ex Wife Aiming to Pen Book." New York Post. 7/18/2000.

Mickey Porter: "Gingrich's most recent ex-wife says he ditched her eight months after finding out she had multiple sclerosis. Marianne Gingrich, 48 ... says the ex-speaker of the House told her on Mother's Day 1999 that he wanted a divorce, after learning she had a neurological condition that could lead to MS [multiple sclerosis]."
Source: Mickey Porter. "Newt's a Beaut." Akron Beacon Journal. 7/25/2000.

Gail Sheehy: "He completely ignores her," observes a Washington journalist who has interviewed Marianne. "It's my impression the marriage is a dead letter. He is so self-obsessed, she could open the door wrapped in plastic wrap and he wouldn't notice."
Source: Gail Sheehy. "The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich." Vanity Fair. 9/1995. Pbs.org.

Additional Resources:
Steve Benen. "Marianne Gingrich Has Something to Say." WashingtonMonthly.com. 8/10/2010.
"Newt Gingrich: The 5 juiciest details from his ex-wife." TheWeek.com. 8/10/2010.
AP. "Newt mum on mag's claim." Chronicle Telegram. Elyria, Ohio. 8/10/1995. pg. 23.
Mark Hosenball. "He can't do it without me." Newsweek. 8/21/1995. pg. 28.
Margaret Carlson. "Newt's bad old days." Time. 8/21/1995. pg. 31.
"Changing Partners: Newt and Marianne Gingrich and Callista Bisek." George.loper.org. 8/1999.
AP. "Gingrich avoids divorce court battle." Chronicle Telegram. Elyria, Ohio. 12/18/1999. pg. 6.
AP. "Newt Gingrich." Estherville Daily News. Estherville, Iowa. 5/11/2002. pg. 5.

Current Marriage: Callista Bisek

Second Marriage: Marianne Ginther

First Marriage: Jackie Battley

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