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Newt Gingrich: Marriages, Divorces, Affairs Timeline

Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/11/2011 2:34 pm   Updated: 07/11/2011 5:12 am

On Wednesday, Newt Gingrich is expected to formally announce he'll be running for President in the 2012 election. The former Speaker of the House, whose past infidelities and messy divorces have long been fixtures in the press, is hardly the only politician with a complicated marital history (there's also potential running-mates Buddy Roemer, Donald Trump, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels). Still, framing his past to appeal to conservative voters will be a challenge. Here, a primer on Gingrich's relationship history.

1962-1980
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Newt Gingrich met his first wife, Jackie Battley, while he was still in high school. Battley was his geometry teacher, and seven years his senior. (According to Gingrich's second wife Marianne Ginther, the age difference was actually nine years--Gingrich was 16 when the student-teacher courtship began). Their secret relationship included nighttime dalliances in the back of a car. The pair married in 1962, and had two children before splitting in February 1980. According to Esquire, Gingrich served Battley with divorce papers while she was in the hospital recovering from uterine cancer.
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