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Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich (born 1943) was Georgia's Sixth Congressional District Representative from 1979 to 1999. The dislike for Gingrich began when he became the Speaker of the House and was projected into the national political media. In 1994, he and Richard Armey authored the "Contract with America," which helped usher in the Republican Revolution. The contract dealt with conservative causes such as reducing the federal deficit and budget, welfare "reform," and job "creation." Interestingly, it did not include any conservative "moral" issues such as fidelity to one's spouse or ethical behavior. The omission was good for Gingrich, as he was encouraged by Republican leadership to step down as Speaker under ethics violations in January of 1999. In 2000, Gingrich divorced his second wife when she refused to enter into an open marriage with him. Within a few months, he legitimated his then seven-year relationship with a House staff member twenty-three years his younger by marrying her.