Hayes historic role representing the 5th District

Hayes historic role representing the 5th District

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes is serving her second term representing the state's Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House. She was first elected in November 2018, making her the first Black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. In 2020, Hayes was re-elected. 

The district includes Meriden, Cheshire and Plainville. 

Named the 2016 National Teacher of the Year among other honors, Hayes’ government biography describes her story as "one of achievement despite the odds and overcoming the obstacles that life can place before you." 

During her 2020 campaign, she was subjected to a blatant act of racism when a Zoom meeting was hacked by a group of individuals using racial slurs.  

Areas of legislative focus for Congresswoman Hayes are equitable access to quality education, affordable health care for everyone, 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 currently sits on the full House committees of Education and Labor, and Agriculture. Her subcommittee assignments include Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Civil Rights and Human Services, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, Nutrition/Oversight and Department Operations. 

She is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Pro-Choice Caucus, Coalition for Autism Research and Education Caucus, and Co-chair of the College Affordability Caucus. Congresswoman Hayes serves on the Emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, Education and Labor Task Force, Freshman Working Group on Addiction, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and is a Deputy Whip.

Compiled from AP, Record-Journal and house.gov sources. 


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