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Newt Gingrich

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Under his leadership, Congress passed [[welfare reform]], passed the first balanced budget in a generation, and passed the first tax cut in sixteen years. In addition, the Congress restored funding to strengthen our defense and intelligence capabilities, an action later lauded by the bipartisan [[9/11 Commission]].
Gingrich's congressional career ended in 1998 when he abruptly resigned from Congress after poor showings from Republicans in elections and after being reprimanded by the House ethics panel ''(he althoughhe was later cleared of any wrongdoing)''.<ref></ref>