Congresswoman Jahana Hayes was elected to her north-west Connecticut district during the 2018 blue wave, becoming the first African-American woman ever to represent the state in Congress.
She first garnered widespread recognition as a high school teacher in Waterbury when she was selected as the Connecticut Teacher of the Year, before going on to win National Teacher of the Year in 2016.
Congresswoman Hayes currently sits on the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She has focused her legislative priorities on equitable access to quality education, affordable health care for everyone, food security, labor, agriculture and the environment. She has been a fierce advocate for immigration reform, gun violence prevention, veteran issues, social justice, and transportation.
In Congress, Rep. Hayes has been a close ally to J Street.
She has signed letters opposing annexation, supporting continued Palestinian aid and urging strong US leadership toward a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza in 2021.