The House ethics subcommittee recommended that Mr Gingrich, a Republican, be given a reprimand, rather than the more serious punishment, censure, which would have cost him his job as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The decision means that Gingrich can stay at his post, one of the most influential legislative jobs in Washington.
The investigation focused on Gingrich's involvement with a tax-exempt organization which he set up to finance a college course. The course was videotaped and distributed as a recruiting aid. AP - WashingtonReuse content