J.D. Hayworth

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J.D. Hayworth served the 5th Congressional district of Arizona from 1995 to 2007

John D. "J.D." Hayworth Jr. was a Republican member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing the 5th District of Arizona (map) from January 3, 1995, to January 3, 2007. He was defeated by Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) in the 2006 congressional elections.


Hayworth was born July 12, 1958 in High Point, North Carolina. He earned a bachelor's degree in speech communications and political science from North Carolina State University in 1980. He was a television and radio journalist before entering the House. Before running for office, he was familiar to Phoenix-area residents as the sports anchor of KTSP-10's news report, before that he worked for WFBC-TV (now WYFF-TV), the NBC station in Greenville, SC from 1981 to 1986 as a sportscaster.

Congressional career

Hayworth was generally known as one of the most conservative members of Congress, and the most conservative member of the Arizona congressional delegation. The American Conservative Union has given him a score of 100%.[1] Hayworth has also "gained national attention as one of the leading conservative spokesmen in Congress. He is a frequent guest on network and cable TV/radio talk shows, including Hannity and Colmes; O'Reilly Factor; Scarborough Country; Imus in the Morning; the Sean Hannity Show; The Laura Ingraham Show, and the G. Gordon Liddy Show."[2]

Hayworth does not support President Bush's fairly moderate Guest-Worker Program for Mexican immigrants. Hayworth says "America's borders are being overrun by illegal aliens and the blame for this failure rests squarely with the federal government."[3]

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Hayworth voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Harry Mitchell to face Hayworth in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Mitchell won the election to take control of the seat for the 110th Congress.

Meet the Cash Constituents

Links to more campaign contribution information for J.D. Hayworth
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Wife on Leadership PAC's Payroll

Between 2001 and 2005 inclusive, Mary Hayworth, J.D. Hayworth's wife, received $101,872 compensation from her husband's leadership PAC, TEAM. During the same period, TEAM PAC also paid outside sources for bookkeeping and political consultation/fundraising a total of $61,676.

In the period between 2001 and February 2006, inclusive, TEAM PAC took in $538,109. This puts administrative costs for TEAM PAC at around 30% of contributions over a five year period.

(Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics)

Abramoff Related Contributions

Hayworth was listed in the Center for Responsible Politics Newsletter "Capital Eye", as being the 2nd largest recipient of Abramoff related contributions, receiving $64,060. [5]

Praising of Henry Ford and "Americanization"

In his 2006 book, Whatever it Takes: Illegal Immigration, Border Security, and the War on Terror, Hayworth praised automaker Henry Ford's ideas on the early 20th-century concept of "Americanization," endorsing them as a model for integrating immigrants into American society. Many historians view Ford's views in this area as anti-Semitic. In response, the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix sharply criticized Hayworth in a August 2006 editorial. Matt Lambert, a spokesman for Hayworth, responded by saying, "This has nothing to do with Henry Ford or antisemitism; it’s all about politics." [6]

Committees and Affiliations

Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on J.D. Hayworth. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and Resources



Local blogs and discussion sites


DC Office:
2434 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2190
Fax: 202-225-3263
Email: jdhayworth AT mail.house.gov
Web Email

District Office - Scottsdale:
14300 North Northsight Boulevard
Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: 480-926-4151
TollFree: 1-800-874-0467

Fax: 480-926-3998

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.