Conservative host of "Crossfire," former House Speaker says senator will "play a vital role in ending the Obama era in health and in education"

Lamar Alexander’s campaign today announced that former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich has endorsed him for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Gingrich, who is a conservative host on CNN's “Crossfire” and was a presidential candidate in 2012, cited Alexander’s record of finding conservative solutions and noted that Alexander would be chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee if Republicans take the majority in November of this year.

Gingrich said, “Lamar Alexander fights for lower taxes, less bureaucracy in Washington, more jobs in Tennessee, more take-home pay in your pocket and more freedom for you and your children. As a committee chairman next year, he will play a vital role in ending the Obama era in health and in education. We need Lamar's experience and shrewdness to fix Washington.”

Alexander said, “Newt Gingrich has a proven record as a creative, conservative leader. I am grateful for his endorsement. The best way to resurrect the energy Newt brought to the conservative movement – and move the country in the right direction – is to elect a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. As a member of that majority, I will fight to bring to Washington the principles of low taxes, balanced budgets and job growth that I helped to establish in Tennessee.”  

Gingrich served as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999, helping to win a Republican majority in the House through the “Contract with America,” a conservative agenda of which he was the architect. He has written numerous books, is a historian and professor, works as a conservative commentator and ran for president in 2012. 

Alexander has proposed step-by-step reforms to repair the damage of Obamacare and move in a different direction that increases freedom and choice and drives down the cost of health insurance. He has also proposed the Fiscal Sustainability Act, which would reduce the growth of entitlement spending by nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years, as well as legislation to move more decisions about education out of Washington and back to states, communities and families.

The Alexander campaign is chaired by Congressman Jimmy Duncan, with co-chairmen Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Speaker Beth Harwell, as well as Congressmen Blackburn, Roe, Black, Fincher, and Fleischmann. 

The campaign’s Honorary Co-Chairmen include former U.S. Senators Howard Baker, Bill Brock, Bill Frist and Fred Thompson, as well as former Governors Winfield Dunn and Don Sundquist.

Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Statewide Committee to Elect Lamar Alexander are all 13 living former state Republican Party chairs.