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.
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%. 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."
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."
Hayworth voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
In 2006, the Democrats nominated Harry Mitchell to face Hayworth in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006)  Mitchell won the election to take control of the seat for the 110th Congress.
Meet the Cash Constituents
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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. 
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." 
Committees and Affiliations
Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Resources
- Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
- House Committee on Ways and Means
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Oversight
- Subcommittee on Social Security
More Background Data
Articles and Resources
- Official website
- Official House biography
- Hayworth Introduces 'Enforcement First' Immigration Reform Bill Hayworth press release, September 28, 2005.
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
- Rebecca Spence, "Arizona Pol Triggers Flap By Praising Henry Ford," The Jewish Daily Forward, August 18, 2006.
- "CREW releases second annual most corrupt members of Congress report," Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, September 20, 2006.
- Holly Martins, "America's Dumbest Congressmen. Radar ranks the 10 biggest fools on the Hill," Radar, October 13, 2006.
Local blogs and discussion sites
- AZ Congress Watch
- Man Eegee - Latino Politico
- Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion
- Western Democrat
- Blog for Arizona
- Random Musings
District Office - Scottsdale:
14300 North Northsight Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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