HELENA — Former presidential candidate and speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich will speak Saturday at the Montana Republican Party Convention in Missoula, state GOP officials announced Monday.
Gingrich, the former congressman from Georgia, will be appearing on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is challenging President Barack Obama.
“This is an extremely exciting opportunity for us,” said state Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps. “Montanans want Barack Obama out of the White House, and Speaker Gingrich is going to help us get that done.”
Gingrich, 68, is among several Republicans who ran for president within the last year. He suspended his campaign in late April and endorsed Romney in May.
Gingrich was a congressman from 1979-1999, representing a district in northern Georgia, and was speaker of the U.S. House from 1995-1999. He was a history professor before winning a seat in Congress.
Gingrich is scheduled to speak Saturday morning at the state Republican Convention, which begins Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn at Missoula.
— Gazette State Bureau