Bob Livingston Robert Linligthgow Livingston, Jr., better known as Bob Livingston, (born April 30, 1943) is a Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist and a former Republican congressman from Louisiana. He is best known for being chosen as Newt Gingrich's successor as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives late in 1998, only to resign in the wake of his own sex scandal as what he said was an example to then President Bill Clinton. Livingston left public service, but Clinton finished the remaining 25 months of his second term.
Livingston was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but spent most of his youth in New Orleans. He graduated from St. Martin's High School in New Orleans in 1960. He graduated from Tulane University in 1968, his education having been interrupted by a stint in the United States Navy. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane in 1970.
Out of college, he joined the law practice of Dave Treen, who would become Louisiana's first Republican congressman and governor since Reconstruction. Treen had been active in the Republican back in the days when it barely existed in Louisiana, and this connection allowed Livingston to make valuable contacts in Republican circles. He was a delegate to all Republican conventions between 1976 and 2000. Livingston later worked for the U. S. attorney for Louisiana's Eastern District, the Orleans Parish (New Orleans) district attorney's office and the Louisiana state attorney general.