GOP-led Senate set to approve Callista Gingrich as Vatican envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate is on track to confirm Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Donald Trump ally, as ambassador to the Vatican.

A vote on Callista Gingrich’s nomination to the post is set for Monday evening and she’s expected to win more than enough support from Republicans and Democrats. She was backed by 75 senators during a procedural vote earlier this month.

Callista Gingrich is president of Gingrich Productions and has produced a number of documentaries, including one about Pope John Paul II. She worked for the House Committee on Agriculture as chief clerk until 2007. She was a key figure in her husband’s 2012 bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

She was a congressional aide when she began a six-year affair with Newt Gingrich, then a married Republican congressman from Georgia.

In 2012, Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne Gingrich, told ABC News that he had proposed an “open marriage” so he could continue to see Callista without divorcing. The former speaker denied the charge.

He converted to Catholicism in 2009, after years of attending mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., where Callista Gingrich has performed in the choir.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held Callista Gingrich’s confirmation hearing in mid-July.