Speaker Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich is a world statesman. He is considered to be the smartest man on this Earth by friends and foes alike. The architect of the “Contract with America”, Gingrich was the principal leader in the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional election. In 1995, Time named him “Man of the Year” for “his role in ending the four-decades-long Democratic majority in the House”. While he was House speaker, the House enacted welfare reform, passed a capital gains tax cut in 1997, and in 1998 passed the first balanced budget since 1969.