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Callista Bisek and Newt Gingrich Marriage Profile

Newt Gingrich's Third Marriage

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Newt Gingrich and Callista Bisek

Newt Gingrich and Callista Gingrich at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 5, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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Newt's current marriage, his third marriage, is to Callista Bisek, who is 23 years younger than Newt. Callista and Newt had a six-year affair before they married.

Born:

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

Callista Louise Bisek: March 4, 1966 in Whitehall, Wisconsin.

Wedding Date:

Newt, in tails, and Callista, in white, were married on August 18, 2000 in Alexandria, Virginia. Callista was 34 and Newt was 57 when they married. Their private wedding ceremony with 150 guests was held in the Morrison House Hotel courtyard under a tent.
"Bisek wore a white, strapless dress with short train. The four bridesmaids, one of whom moments earlier had sung "Ave Maria," wore black gowns and held small rose bouquets."
Source: "Newt says 'till death do us part' for the third time." Daily Herald. Chicago, Illinois. 8/20/2000. pg. 236.

Occupations:

Callista Bisek: Author, entrepreneur, congressional aide, assistant hearing clerk for the House Agricultural Committee, producer.

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

Residence:

Newt and Callista reside in McLean, Virginia.

Religion:

Both Newt and Callista are catholics.

Quotes About the Marriage of Callista Bisek and Newt Gingrich:

Ariel Levy: "Of the notorious Greek cruise, one former Gingrich strategist told me, 'She [Callista] said, ‘Either go on this vacation or we’re done.’ There were rules, he said, about 'how many nights he could be away and what time he had to be home for dinner—which led to a huge abuse of private planes which we could not afford. There’s a sense that, I’m not gonna have a third failed marriage.'”
Source: Ariel Levy. "The Good Wife." NewYorker.com. 1/23/2012.

Shannon McCaffrey: "From the start, Gingrich put his wife front and center in the campaign, answering questions with 'Callista and I' and featuring her picture prominently on his website. To a certain degree, it seemed an attempt to prove to social conservatives and other Republicans skeptical of him for his adulterous past. Gingrich, 67, has acknowledged he carried on an affair with Callista when he was speaker of the House and she worked at the House Agriculture Committee ... Since they married, the Gingriches have modeled their marriage on the partnership of Ronald and Nancy Reagan: a partnership."
Source: Shannon McCaffrey. "Callista Gingrich, Newt Gingrich's Wife, Under Scrutiny Amid Campaign Upheaval." HuffingtonPost.com. 6/10/2011.

David Corn: "... it was hard to make sense of Newt's scorched-earth approach to the divorce, which has already revealed his six-year-long extramarital affair with congressional aide Callista Bisek and tainted whatever was left of his image as a family-values Republican."
Source: David Corn. "Gingrich vs Gingrich." Salon.com. 11/24/1999.

Kit Gingrich, Newt's mother: "She [Callista] is a lovely girl. I liked her from the first time I saw her. This is the first time I can ever remember seeing that Newty is in love. When you see him, he just beams."
Source: "Happy in Love." Chronicle Telegram. Elyria, Ohio. 7/26/2000. pg. 5.

"Gingrich, 56, has asserted he and his wife, Marianne, were legally separated at the time, but [Randy] Evans conceded that the relationship continued even after the Gingriches were reconciled and Gingrich assumed the speakership in 1995."
Source: AP. "Aide Admits Gingrich Affair." Titusville Herald. Titusville, Pennsylvania. 11/11/1999. pg. 3.

Justin Quinn: "Gingrich has been married three times, and he has been accused of having a multitude of extramarital affairs, although he has only admitted to one -- with the woman who would eventually become his third and present wife."
Source: Justin Quinn. "A Profile of Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich." USConservatives.about.com.

"Gingrich acknowledges he was having an extramarital affair even as he pushed for the impeachment of President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair."
Source: AP. "Gingrich admits affair during Clinton impeachment." Frederick News-Post. Frederick, Maryland. 3/10/2007. pg. A-10.

Additional Resources:
Cynthia Tucker. "A Case for Dr. Laura: 2nd divorce highlights Newt's hypocrisy." The Post-Standard. Syracuse, New York. 11/14/1999. pg. D-4.
AP. "Gingrich weds in simple ceremony." Kerrville Times. Kerrville, Texas. 8/20/2000. pg. 2.

Current Marriage: Callista Bisek

Second Marriage: Marianne Ginther

First Marriage: Jackie Battley

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