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Former Republican U.S. Representative for New York's 19th congressional district.


Nan Hayworth Biography

ENG: Nan Alison Sutter Hayworth (born December 14, 1959) is the former U.S. Representative for New York's 19th congressional district. She was defeated in her bid for reelection on November 6th, 2012. She is a member of the Republican Party and has received significant support from the Tea Party.


Early life, education, and medical career

Nan Alison Sutter was raised in Munster, Indiana, to parents who were both World War II veterans. Her mother immigrated to the United States from England in 1948.

A graduate of Munster High School, Nan went on to graduate from Princeton University and then Cornell University Medical College, after which she trained in ophthalmology at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. She first worked in a solo practice and in 1996 joined the Mount Kisco Medical Group. She is currently married to Scott D. Hayworth, President and CEO of Mount Kisco Medical Group, a multi-specialty medical group. Her husband Scott is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association, AMGA, a medical group trade association.


U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 2010

Hayworth won the Republican primary with 52.8% of the vote. She then beat the Democratic incumbent, John Hall, by 6 points in the 2010 general election. She ran on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party ballot lines. She was endorsed by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Hayworth was one of 41 Republican physicians who ran for Congress in 2010. During the campaign, she posted her medical diploma on her website. She is currently the only female physician in Congress.

She is a member of the GOP Young Guns and GOP's Republican Main Street Partnership. She is also a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee, as well as the LGBT Equality Caucus.

District 19 has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+3. President George W. Bush carried this district with 54% in 2004 and President Barack Obama carried it with 51% in 2008. The district lies north of New York City and is composed of parts of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.



Republican incumbent Hayworth was challenged by former West Wing Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney. Democrats made her a top target in the 2012 election.

As part of redistricting after the 2010 census, NY-19 incumbent Nan Hayworth ran in the new NY-18 district and NY-18 incumbent Nita Lowey ran in the redrawn NY-17 district. The 18th district was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts: 1% from the 18th congressional district; 76% from the 19th congressional district; 2% from the 20th congressional district; and 21% from the 22nd congressional district.

She lost the election to Maloney 52%-48%.


Tenure - Ideology

Hayworth had Republican Party, Independence Party, and Conservative Party support in the 2010 election. Nan Hayworth’s district, New York’s 19th “quintessential swing district” has in recent elections mirrored national trends. Hayworth endorsed Mitt Romney in November 2011. The Romney campaign described Hayworth as a representative who “has prioritized creating jobs and getting government spending under control.”

Hayworth is personally pro-choice, though she opposes late-term abortion. Hayworth stated in CQ Politics that she had intended to vote for the Stupak amendment in the House’s health care legislation that would bar federal funding from being used for abortion procedures. Attention has also been directed at her husband, Scott, an obstetrician who has performed abortions in the past. However, it's been confirmed that the abortions were only performed when the life or health of the mother was at stake, none of which were late-term.[citation needed] In the Orange Country debate, Hayworth left the issue of gay marriage to the states, stating, “I will not seek to force a definition of marriage on the states.” In a 2010 edition of the Lower Hudson Valley Journal News which compared Hayworth to her Republican primary opponent, Hayworth again had a more centrist stance on immigration stating that Hayworth advocates for “instituting a registration program and grace period, along with fines, for those here illegally.”  Hayworth also has been particularly vocal in protecting gun rights as shown by her high interest group ratings from the National Rifle Association Victory Fund and the Gun Owners of America Positions on Gun Rights.


Key votes

In Congress, Hayworth’s three key votes on abortion have all been in favor of bills and amendments for prohibiting the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood and prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion. In addition, Hayworth also voted for the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which passed through the House by an 83-vote margin. In a letter to the President, Representative Hayworth, urged the Obama Administration to permit offshore energy exploration. The letter cited the financial benefits of lowered prices at the pump but did not address environmental concerns.

The great majority of Hayworth’s votes have been related to budget, spending and tax issues. Some bills that have been passed in the House that Hayworth voted for include the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011. Hayworth also voted against the motion to increase the debt limit. On January 1, 2013, she voted in favor of the final bill preventing the Fiscal Cliff.



Characteristic of many freshman House elections, Hayworth had a sizable debt (totaling half of a million dollars.) Hayworth had a successful financial campaign by gaining the support and donations of a range of industries. From financial records, the industries Hayworth appealed to most included health professionals, securities and investment, lawyers, and the retired. Her main sectors of contributors came from the health and insurance sectors, in particular, the Mount Kisco Medical Group and Vestar Capital Partners.


Hurricane Irene

In 2011, when Hurricane Irene caused extensive damage in the eastern United States, the disaster relief fund of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was at a low point, far less than the damage caused by the storm. Hayworth said that additions to the disaster relief fund must be offset by federal budget cuts elsewhere.


Personal life

Hayworth met her husband, Scott Hayworth, at Princeton. They married in 1981; they have two sons. 





January 13, 2013

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