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Nan Hayworth
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 18
In office
January 3, 2011-2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
M.D.Cornell University
BirthdayDecember 14, 1959
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Net worth$20,817,633
Office website
Campaign website
Nan Hayworth campaign logo

Nan Alison Sutter Hayworth (b. December 14, 1959) is a 2014 Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 18th Congressional District of New York.[1] She received all three nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[2]

For much of 2013, Hayworth toured the 18th District in an effort to speak with possible future constituents. On February 5, 2014, Hayworth confirmed that she would seek election to New York's 18th Congressional District. If she gains the Republican nomination, she will face incumbent Sean Maloney in the general election in what will likely be one of the most competitive races in the 2014 election cycle.[3]

Hayworth was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Hayworth was elected by voters from New York's 19th Congressional District. Due to New York's redistricting, Hayworth ran in the newly redrawn 18th District in 2012. She was defeated by Sean Maloney on November 6, 2012.[4]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hayworth was a "centrist Republican."[5]


Hayworth was born in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a B.A. from Princeton University in 1981, and an M.D. from Cornell University in 1985.[6]


After earning her degrees, Hayworth worked as an opthalmologist, both at her own practice and as a partner in the Mount Kisco Medical Group. Hayworth also served as an attending physician at Northern Westchester Hospital and as an Instructor and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hayworth served on the following committees:[8]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations[9]

Key votes


Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Hayworth voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Nan Hayworth endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [11]

Campaign themes


Hayworth lists her positions on various issues on her campaign website. The following are excerpts from her website:[12]

  • Fixing Our Economy: "Let’s make our tax code simpler and fairer for small businesses and middle-class families. Let’s close the loopholes that reward the favored few. Let’s make it easier to build American plants and create American jobs.
Let’s cut the price of energy by building the Keystone XL pipeline and safely recovering our own oil and natural gas. Spending less on energy means we can spend more on growing jobs.
It’s time to lift the crushing burdens from the backs of our workers, our businesses, our employers, and our taxpayers. It’s time to get our economy moving again, by allowing our small businesses to thrive, and do what they do best: create new jobs."
  • Fixing the Tax Code: "We need a tax code that encourages the engine of our economic growth – small businesses – instead of one that taxes small businesses at a higher rate than multi-national corporations. Small and new businesses create 80% of the new jobs in our country.
We need a tax code that working Americans can understand, instead of one that forces you to hire lawyers and accountants to do your tax returns.
We need a tax code that actually encourages economic growth, rewards innovation, and encourages entrepreneurs, that rewards work, makes it easier for working families to save, puts food on the table, helps their children through school, and helps secure retirement."
  • Improving Education: "If you ever needed proof that pouring billions of your hard-earned dollars into a Washington bureaucracy doesn’t guarantee success, just look at what Washington has done to education. Spending per pupil has skyrocketed, with NO improvement in scores.
I have a better idea. Let’s empower our school boards, teachers, and parents to decide what is best for our children. Instead of spending more on a Washington bureaucracy, let’s equip our students with fundamental knowledge, problem-solving tools, and job-ready skills to compete in a challenging world. We should reward our teachers for excellence. Invest in classrooms, computers, equipment, and facilities, and let our teachers teach instead of pushing papers."
  • Health Care: "It’s time to replace Obamacare with a sensible health care plan that works. My plan would take power from the bureaucrats and insurance companies, and give it back to you and your doctors, where it belongs.
    • Four key points:
      • Encourage every American to have their own tax-protected health savings account: personal, portable, and permanent.
      • Give you insurance choices that make sense and lower your costs by allowing insurers to compete from all across the country.
      • Reform the tort system to reduce the cost of defensive medicine.
      • Empower Americans to buy health insurance that fits their individual and family needs."


—Nan Hayworth, Campaign website (archive)



See also: New York's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014

The 18th Congressional District of New York will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Nan Hayworth (R) and Scott Smith will challenge incumbent Sean Maloney (D) in the general election. In the primary election on June 24, 2014, Maloney ran uncontested for the Democratic and Working Families Party nominations, but Hayworth defeated him in the Independence Party primary. Hayworth also ran unopposed for the Republican and Conservative Party nominations. Smith did not run in the primary, but will run as an independent candidate in the general.

New York's 18th is considered a battleground district in 2014. Maloney beat Hayworth in 2012 with a mere 3.7 percent margin of victory, and President Barack Obama won the district by only 4.3 percent. This election will be particularly competitive because Maloney and Hayworth faced off only two years prior. Hayworth held a U.S. House seat in the 19th District from 2010-2012, and after New York's redistricting, was defeated by Maloney in the 2012 18th Congressional District election.

U.S. House, New York District 18 Independence Party Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNan Hayworth 53.4% 780
Sean Maloney Incumbent 46.6% 682
Total Votes 1,462
Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results

Race background

Hayworth, who was unseated in 2012 by Democratic challenger Sean Maloney in the then-newly drawn 18th District, formed a campaign committee in anticipation of running again in 2014.[14] She filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on April 26, 2013.[15] On February 5, 2014, Hayworth confirmed that she would seek election in the 18th District.[3]


Hayworth has been endorsed by the following:

  • RightNOW Women PAC[16]


See also: New York's 18th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hayworth lost her re-election bid in 2012. Due to New York's redistricting, she ran in the newly redrawn 18th District.[17] She was unopposed in the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party primaries and was defeated by Sean Maloney (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[18] Hayworth was removed from the Independence ticket by the state appeals court, upholding a ruling by the state Supreme Court that only the names on her petition that were signed were valid. The names printed on the petition were not counted and as a result, Hayworth did not have enough signatures to remain on the Independence ticket. In 2010, she received 5,400 Independence votes. The loss of the Independence votes in the 2012 election was expected to tighten the race.[19] She was defeated by Sean Maloney on November 6, 2012.[20]

The Cook Political Report rated the race a tossup.[21]

Hayworth raised more money in the NY House election than her opponent, a trend shared by 13 other Republicans in contested House races in 2012. She had raised $2.2 million through June 30th, more than double the $738,382 she raised two years ago at this time. She had $1.5 million in the bank, compared to $775,000 four years ago. Her opponent, Sean Patrick Maloney in comparison had $264,364 in the bank and raised $675,771 through June 30, 2012. Timothy Persico, Maloney’s campaign manager, alleged Hayworth was raising her money through special interests-“PACS and corporate lobbyists have sent over a million dollars to Congresswoman Hayworth because she’s worth every penny.”[22]

U.S. House, New York District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSean Maloney 48.7% 143,845
     Republican Nan Hayworth Incumbent 45% 133,049
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 6.3% 18,542
Total Votes 295,436
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Push for bipartisanship

In the run up to the election, many Republicans were trying to show that they were bipartisan and willing to work with Democrats. Hayworth had started to push the point that she voted with Obama one-third of the time and stated that she had been in the center of the Republican party since she was elected. In a recent poll conducted by the New York Times and CBS news, results found that nearly 44% of Americans blamed Republicans for the deadlock in Congress. Republicans were trying to hold on to their districts by showing themselves as more bipartisan.[23]


On November 2, 2010, Hayworth was elected to the United States House. She also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party tickets. She defeated John J. Hall (D).[24]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 19 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNan Hayworth 51% 109,956
     Democratic John J. Hall Incumbent 45.8% 98,766
     Blank/Scattering Blank/Scattering 3.3% 7,016
Total Votes 215,738

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hayworth's reports.[25]

Nan Hayworth (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2013$54,521.63$13,830.99$(60,891.79)$7,460.83
July Quarterly[27]September 12, 2013$7,460.83$376,395.34$(61,107.84)$322,748.33
October Quarterly[28]October 14, 2013$322,748.33$154,077.58$(36,241.89)$440,584.02
Year-End[29]April 7, 2014$440,584.02$87,117.04$(31,512.33)$496,188.73
April Quarterly[30]April 13, 2014$496,188.73$281,822.16$(115,428.58)$662,582.31
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Hayworth's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hayworth lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hayworth's campaign committee raised a total of $3,255,563 and spent $3,254,072.[31]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hayworth paid her congressional staff a total of $815,137 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[32]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Hayworth's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $12,237,267 to $29,398,000. That averages to $20,817,633, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. Her average calculated net worth[33] increased by 30.89% from 2010.[34]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Higgins' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $9,347,241 to $22,463,000. Averaging to a net worth of $15,905,120.50 which was higher than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[35]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hayworth tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 219th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[36]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hayworth tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 220th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[37]

Voting with party

November 2011

Hayworth voted with the Republican Party 89.9 percent of the time, which ranked 200th among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[38]


She and her husband, Dr. Scott Hayworth, live in Bedford with their two sons, Will and Jack, both of whom attended Bedford Central public schools.[39]

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See also

External links


  1. New York Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed April 16, 2014
  2. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Politico, "Nan Hayworth Announces Rematch Campaign for Congress," February 5, 2014
  4. York ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012 (dead link)
  5. GovTrack, "Hayworth" accessed May 23, 2012
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "HAYWORTH, Nan, (1959 - )"
  7. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, 19th District, New York, "Biography"
  8. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, 19th District, New York, "Committees and Caucuses"
  9. The Committee on Financial Services, "Subcommittees, Oversight and Investigations" (dead link)
  10. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  11. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed December 22, 2011
  12. Friends of Nan Hayworth, "Home," accessed October 7, 2014
  13. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  14. Daily Kos, "NY-18" accessed May 21, 2013
  15. Journal News, "Nan Hayworth considers rematch with Sean Maloney" accessed May 21, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "RightNOW Women PAC announces new endorsements," accessed June 3, 2014
  17. Politicker, "Sean Patrick Maloney Enters Race Against Hayworth," March 15, 2012
  18. AP/CSPAN "New York-Summary Vote Report," June 26, 2012
  19. Record Online, "Court says Rep. Hayworth can't run on Independence Party line" accessed August 21, 2012
  20. York ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012 (dead link)
  21. Ithaca Journal, "Redrawn congressional lines promise competitive races," March 22, 2012
  22. “Republicans Outraising Democratic Rivals In House Races” Accessed August 2, 2012
  23. The New York Times, "Some Republicans Try Out a New Campaign Theme: Bipartisanship," September 15, 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Nan Hayworth Summary Report," accessed April 24, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Nan Hayworth April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Nan Hayworth July Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Nan Hayworth October Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Nan Hayworth Year-End," accessed April 24, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Nan Hayworth April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  31. Open Secrets, "Nan Hayworth 2012 Election Cycle," accessed May 20, 2013
  32. LegiStorm, "Nan Hayworth," accessed October 1, 2012
  33. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  34. OpenSecrets, "Nan Hayworth (R-NY), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  35. OpenSecrets, "Nan Hayworth (R-NY), 2010," accessed October 1, 2012
  36. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  39. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, 19th District, New York, "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hall
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 19
Succeeded by
Chris Gibson