Jahana (Jahana) Hayes (D-USH05)
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Capitol: 202.225.4476
FAX: 860.225.7289
District: 860.223.8412
Representative
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
FC MemberDairy Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Agriculture
Vice ChairCongressional Labor 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 MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus

Bio

Jahana Hayes represents Connecticut's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. The district spans northwest and central Connecticut and includes Danbury, Litchfield County, the Farmington Valley, the Naugatuck Valley, Meriden, and her hometown of Waterbury. She serves on committees of Education and Labor, and Agriculture where 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 veterans issues. Additional priority areas include- environment, immigration reform, gun violence prevention, social justice, transportation, and working in a bipartisan way to bring positive change to the lives of every person in our community.

During her Congressional tenure, Congresswoman Hayes has had 5 bills signed into law. To date she has introduced 45 and cosponsored over 1,500 pieces of legislation across a broad range of topics, including- education, veterans issues, environment, healthcare, nutrition and agriculture. Congresswoman Hayes has worked with both the Trump and Biden Administrations and in a bipartisan, bicameral way to bring millions of dollars in assistance back to Connecticut.

Congresswoman Hayes was elected in November 2018, making her the first African-American woman to ever represent the state of Connecticut in Congress. Before running for office, Hayes was a history teacher for 15 years at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, where she was named Waterbury Teacher of the Year, 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 stakeholders in 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 opportunity for. Congresswoman Hayes strives to bring the same passion, determination, work ethic and empathy that her community has come to know and respect to the halls of Congress.

Hayes 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 6th year degree in administrative leadership.