REAL Talks Atlanta is excited to bring together two political giants to reflect on the past and vision cast for the future of our country. Preserving Our Republic: A Conversation with Dick Gephardt and Newt Gingrich promises invaluable insight into some of the most significant issues facing our country and the world. Former Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) will offer their perspectives on the origins of modern politics, personal stories and anecdotes from their time in the U.S. House of Representatives and their hopes for the next generation of leaders. With the election only 19 days after this scheduled event, the opportunity to engage and model civil discourse amidst the rancor will hopefully inspire and rally our community behind whomever our nation elects.



Speaker Newt Gingrich is well known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing a majority in the United States House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. He was a Republican candidate for president of the United States from 2011 to 2012.

Newt Gingrich is a Fox News contributor and the author of twenty-seven books, including 14 fiction and nonfiction New York Times best-sellers. He is a Senior Advisor at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, as well as a Senior Scientist at Gallup.

Newt and his wife, Callista, host and produce historical and public policy documentaries. Recent films include The First American and Divine Mercy.

Recognized internationally as an expert on world history, military issues, and international affairs, Newt is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals. He also teaches officers from all five services as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. In addition, Newt served as a Member of the Defense Policy Board. He was a member of the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations and he co-chaired the Task Force on U.N. Reform, a bipartisan Congressional effort to reform the United Nations.

Newt resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Callista.


Congressman Gephardt served for 28 years (1977 to 2005) in the United States House of Representatives, representing Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District.  In his first year in Congress, he was appointed to both the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees.

Congressman Gephardt was elected to serve as House Democratic Leader for more than 16 years (1989 to 2003).  In his role as Leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Democratic Party’s platform and chief architect to landmark reforms in healthcare, pensions, education, energy independence and trade policy.  Congressman Gephardt ran as a Democratic candidate for U.S. President twice, in 1988 and 2004.

Congressman Gephardt retired from the U.S. Congress in 2005 to found Gephardt Group, a privately held labor relations consulting and government affairs firm.  He serves on the board of Spirit Aerosystems, Centene Corporation and CenturyLink and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Scripps Research Institute, a private, non-profit research organization engaged in basic biomedical science. Most recently, Mr. Gephardt was a member of the Board of Directors at Ford Motor Company and U.S. Steel Corporation. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the Founder of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. Widely known for his advocacy for international human rights, Mr. Gephardt served as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit organization that endeavors to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts, from 2009 to 2013.