Jahana (Jahana) Hayes (D-USH05)
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Capitol: 202.225.4476
FAX: 860.225.7289
District: 860.223.8412
Room 1415 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-0705

Residence: Wolcott, CT
Elected: 2018    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Milford   DOB: 3/8/1973
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations
Co-ChairCollege Affordability Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services
MemberHouse Committee on Agriculture
FC MemberDairy Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force
MemberHouse Committee on Education and Labor
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


Jahana Hayes is the U.S. Representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Connecticut. The district spans northwest and central Connecticut and includes Danbury, Litchfield County, the Farmington Valley, the Naugatuck Valley, Meriden, and her hometown of Waterbury.

Representative Hayes was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2018, making her the first African-American woman and the first African-American Democrat to ever represent the state of Connecticut in Congress. Hayes first garnered widespread recognition while serving as a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, when she was selected as the Connecticut Teacher of the Year, before going on to earn the distinction of 2016 National Teacher of the Year (NTOY). In her capacity as NTOY, Hayes traveled the country and the world as an ambassador for public education engaging all stakeholders in policy discussions meant to improve outcomes for students.

Congresswoman Hayes' story is one of achievement despite the odds and overcoming the obstacles that life can place before you. She has been quoted as saying that "education saved her life" and is a fierce advocate for ensuring equitable access to educational opportunities for all students and families. Before running for office, she was an educator for 15 years, teaching history at Kennedy High School in Waterbury. Congresswoman Hayes strives to bring the same energy, passion, determination, work ethic and empathy that her community has come to know and respect to the halls of Congress. She currently sits on House committees of Education and Labor, and Agriculture. She is the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations.

Areas of legislative focus for Congresswoman Hayes are equitable access to quality education, affordable health care, labor, agriculture, and the environment. Additional priority areas include- immigration reform, gun violence prevention, veterans issues, social justice, transportation, and working in a bipartisan way to bring positive change to the lives of every person in our community.

She is a graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Saint Joseph and the University of Bridgeport, having earned a Bachelor's of Arts in history and secondary education, a Master's of Arts in curriculum and instruction, and a degree in administrative leadership.