Nan Hayworth

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Nan Hayworth
Official congressional portrait of Nan Hayworth.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byJohn Hall
Succeeded bySean Patrick Maloney (Redistricting)
Personal details
Nan Alison Sutter

(1959-12-14) December 14, 1959 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Scott Hayworth
Children2 sons
ResidenceBedford Hills, New York[1]
Alma materPrinceton University
Cornell University
ProfessionOphthalmologist, politician

Nan Alison Sutter Hayworth (née Sutter; born December 14, 1959) is an American ophthalmologist and former Congresswoman for New York's 19th congressional district. A Republican, she was elected in 2010.

In 2012, after redistricting, Hayworth ran for reelection in the new 18th district. She lost to former Clinton White House staff secretary Sean Patrick Maloney that year and in a 2014 re-match.[2]

Early life, education, and medical career[edit]

Nan Alison Sutter was born on December 14, 1959, in Chicago[3][4] and 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,[5] she 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.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



On September 14, 2010, Hayworth defeated Neil DiCarlo in the Republican primary, with 69% of the vote.[7] She defeated Democratic incumbent, John Hall, with 53% of the vote in the 2010 general election.[8]

Hayworth was one of 41 Republican physicians who ran for Congress in 2010. During the campaign, she posted her medical diploma on her website.[9] She was the only female physician in Congress.[10] She was a member of the GOP Young Guns and the GOP's Republican Main Street Partnership.[11] She was a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.[12]

District 19 (2002–2010) had 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.[13] The district lay north of New York City and was composed of parts of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Westchester and Putnam Counties. District 18 (2012–present) is composed of all of Orange and Putnam Counties, as well as parts of Dutchess and Westchester Counties.[14]


As part of redistricting after the 2010 census, Hayworth's district was renumbered as the 18th District. In terms of voter population, the new district is composed of the old 18th District (1%); the old 19th (76%); the old 20th (2%); and the old 22nd (21%).[15] She lost the election to Sean Patrick Maloney, former White House Staff Secretary to President Bill Clinton, 52%–48%.[16]


Hayworth filed papers with the FEC to lay the groundwork for a 2014 campaign against Maloney and suggested in media reports that she is strongly considering running.[17] The race was one of the most competitive in New York. Late in the campaign, Hayworth released a campaign advertisement featuring her gay son, who told voters that his mother was "not an extremist."[18] The ad drew criticism from LGBT groups, who said that Hayworth did not do enough to support pro-LGBT legislation while in office. Maloney, who was on the ballots of the Democratic and Working Families parties, won the election by a plurality with a 47.66% to 45.88% split. Hayworth had won the primary nominations of the Republican, Conservative, and Independence parties.[2][19]


During her time in Congress, Hayworth focused on fiscal issues, while avoiding divisive stances on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.[20] She endorsed Mitt Romney in November 2011. She supported repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and generally opposed additional gun control measures.[21]

Hurricane Irene[edit]

Following Hurricane Irene in 2011, Hayworth made the following statement after touring her district: "I've written to the President to support Governor Cuomo's request for the farthest-reaching disaster declaration for the counties, to ensure that residents are eligible for individual assistance and municipalities are eligible for public assistance programs." She added that any additions to the disaster relief fund must be offset by federal budget cuts elsewhere.[22][23]

Hayworth voted for Paul Ryan's budget in 2011 and 2012. During an interview on Early Start on CNN, she reiterated her support for Ryan, calling him a "teacher and mentor" for the House Republicans when it comes to "a budget plan that actually will work for the United States."[24] In 2011, she was one of several House Republicans who sent a letter to President Obama urging him to expedite the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration.[25]

The majority of Hayworth's votes were related to budget, spending and tax issues. Some bills that passed in the House that Hayworth voted for include the Budget Control Act of 2011[26] and the Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011.[27] Hayworth voted against the motion to increase the debt limit.[28] On January 1, 2013, she voted in favor of the final bill preventing the Fiscal Cliff.[29]


Hayworth had a debt totaling half a million dollars following her campaign.[30] The top industries that contributed to Hayworth's campaign included health professionals, securities and investment, and health services companies. Her top contributors were Mount Kisco Medical Group, Vestar Capital Partners, and Elliott Management.[31]

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Hayworth met her husband, Scott D. Hayworth, at Princeton University. Scott is the President and CEO of Mount Kisco Medical Group, Associate Dean at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the former Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Group Association.[32][33] They married in 1981 and have two children.[34] She is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and of Temple Shaaray Tefila.[35] Hayworth is on the board of 501(c)4 political action committee, ConservAmerica, formerly Republicans for Environmental Protection.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nan Hayworth – Candidate for U.S. President, Republican Nomination – Election 2012; retrieved 2014-10-01.
  2. ^ a b Levine, Sam (November 5, 2014). "Nan Hayworth Defeated By Sean Patrick Maloney In New York Congressional Race". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 Jan 2015.
  3. ^ Scholtes, Jennifer (November 3, 2010). "112th Congress: Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y. (19th District)". Congressional Quarterly.
  4. ^ "Representative Nan Alison Sutter Hayworth (R-New York, 19th) – Biography from". LegiStorm. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  5. ^ Franklin, Lu Ann (May 17, 2012). "Munster speech team takes top state honors for lucky 13th time". Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  6. ^ Hayworth biodata,; accessed October 29, 2014.
  7. ^ New York 19th District Profile of Election 2010,, December 10, 2010; accessed July 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "Freshman Class of the 112th Congress from New York". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  9. ^ Fritze, John (April 20, 2010). "Doctors pursue House, Senate seats". USA Today.
  10. ^ "Nan Hayworth (R)". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  11. ^ David Freedlander (January 28, 2011). "NY Tea Partiers Join Moderate GOP Caucus". New York Observer.
  12. ^ "Hayworth member of LGBT Equality Caucus". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "New York 18th District – Hayworth vs. Maloney". RealClearPolitics.
  14. ^ "New York Congressional District Map" (PDF). State of New York. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Congressional District Tracker",; accessed October 29, 2014.
  16. ^ "Hayworth loses to Maloney". Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  17. ^ Giroux, Gregory (April 30, 2013). "Ex-N.Y. Rep. Hayworth Readies Rematch With Maloney". Bloomberg. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  18. ^ "Republican's opengly gay son says mom's "no extremist"". USA TODAY. Retrieved Mar 15, 2019.
  19. ^ New York State Board of Elections, New York State Board of Elections, November 4, 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  20. ^ Article about Hayworth Archived 2011-11-07 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed October 29, 2014.
  21. ^ Hayworth positions,; accessed October 29, 2014.
  22. ^ Yakin, Heather (August 31, 2011). "Rep. Hayworth: Money on storm relief will have to be offset with other cuts in federal budge". Times Herald-Record. Middletown, New York. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  23. ^ Bosch, Adam (September 1, 2011). "Hayworth seeking to withhold disaster money unless it is offset by budget cuts". Times Herald-Record. Middletown, New York. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  24. ^ "Hayworth On 'Mentor' Paul Ryan". Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  25. ^ Letter to President Obama,; accessed October 29, 2014.
  26. ^ National Key Vote S 365,; accessed October 29, 2014.
  27. ^ National Key Vote 2560,; accessed October 29, 2014.
  28. ^ National Key Votes HR 1954,; accessed October 29, 2014.
  29. ^ Bash, Dana (Jan 1, 2013). "House approves Senate's fiscal cliff deal". CNN. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  30. ^ NW, The Center for Responsive Politics 1300 L. St; Washington, Suite 200; fax857-7809, DC 20005 telelphone857-0044. "Rep. Nan Hayworth - Campaign Finance Summary". OpenSecrets. Retrieved Mar 15, 2019.
  31. ^ Financial Summary in Vote-Smart: Nan Hayworth profile; accessed February 2, 2014.
  32. ^ Wolf, Craig (Oct 15, 2014). "VIDEO: Maloney, Hayworth clash on plans, records". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  33. ^ "Scott D. Hayworth M.D., FACOG". Business Week. Oct 30, 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  34. ^ Hayworth Biography, House of Representatives. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  35. ^ Bob Hulteen (February 8, 2011). "112th Congress opens with new and returning Lutheran representation". Metro Lutheran. Retrieved 2014-08-08.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Hall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Succeeded by
Chris Gibson