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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich to deliver closing keynote at TPPF Policy Orientation

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will introduce Gingrich

AUSTIN – Former U.S. House Speaker and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will deliver the keynote address at the closing luncheon of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 11th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature.  The luncheon begins at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, January 11 in the ballroom of the Hilton Austin Hotel.

First elected to the U.S. Congress in 1978, Newt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in 40 years. After he was elected Speaker in 1995, he disrupted the status quo by moving power out of Washington and back to the American people. Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, passed the first balanced budget in a generation, and passed the first tax cut in 16 years. 

Today, Newt Gingrich is Chairman of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm that specializes in transformational change, with offices in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. He serves as General Chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future; a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.; a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California; and an Honorary Chairman of the NanoBusiness Alliance.

Following the luncheon, Gingrich will sign copies of his new book, Victory at Yorktown. The historical fiction novel is a continuation of his series on the American Revolution and follows George Washington and the Continental Army to Yorktown.  As an author, Newt has published 23 books, including 13 fiction and non-fiction New York Times best-sellers.

Introducing Gingrich at the luncheon will be David Dewhurst, the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Texas. A native Texan, proud military veteran, successful businessman and rancher, Dewhurst has served as Lieutenant Governor and President of the Texas Senate since 2003. Through five regular sessions and seven special sessions of the Texas Legislature, Dewhurst has championed legislation to create new jobs and expand economic opportunity, improve public and higher education, and ensure public safety.

The Foundation’s Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature is an annual event that brings together lawmakers, policy experts, and citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss the most critical issues facing the state. Credentialed media organizations are welcome to attend and cover all of the Policy Orientation’s public events, including the keynote luncheons and all of the panel discussions. 

Credentialed media organizations are welcome to attend and cover all of the Policy Orientation’s public events. All persons attending the conference (including reporters) must wear a TPPF-issued name badge to access any Policy Orientation events. To prevent unnecessary delays at the conference registration desk, we encourage all reporters planning to attend the conference to register in advance by registering via the Policy Orientation registration page:

Additionally, reporters covering the keynote speeches should be positioned in the ballroom 30 minutes prior to the listed start time.


The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.