Before his ascension to Confederate Secretary of State, Gingrich was the governor of the Confederate state of Georgia, establishing a strong state guard and increased agricultural and industrial development to ensure his state did not have to depend on subsidiaries from the Confederate government in Richmond.
Shortly after Huckabee's election in 2004, Gingrich assumed the office of Confederate Secretary of State, succeeding William J. Burns. After the outbreak of the Fourth World War, Gingrich worked to cement alliances with other Post-Union States and countries in Western Europe.
Gingrich found no shortage in assistance from Europe. Gingrich maintained cordial relations with its allies in the War, finding pledges of support in Nick Griffing, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, Roberto Fiore, and others. Gingrich attempted to persuade Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to join the war, but to no avail; those countries remained neutral.
Gingrich often spoke at rallies in the Confederacy and its allies in an attempt to persuade the people the war could indeed be won. However, setbacks in Europe, Cascadia, and China failed to yield major gains, especially after the war's turning point, the Battle of Minsk, the battle that caused Allied forces to withdraw from Soviet-held territory.
In 2010, with the Confederacy soundly beaten in the war, Gingrich tried to appeal to a ravaged Confederacy to elect him, as the Independence Party candidate, to replace (now dead) Huckabee's Vice President, Robert J. Bentley. However, a war-weary Confederate population refused to elect Gingrich, fearing he would repeat the Vicious Cycle, electing Jim Folsom Jr. to the Presidency instead.
Both during and after the Fourth World War, Gingrich was an avid promoter of Confederate space exploration, being noted for a plan during the fall of the Confederacy to have Confederate leadership escape to a specially-made space station, code named Space Station Jefferson Davis. This plan was never implemented, but Gingrich continued support for space exploration.