Jahana Hayes

Connecticut- District 05

Jahana Hayes is a tireless advocate for public health and committed to fighting for environmental justice.

Hayes is a tireless advocate for her community. She previously served as the Talent and Professional Development Supervisor for Waterbury Public Schools, and won the 2016 National Teacher of the Year award.

As a representative, Hayes will fight to protect her district’s extensive waterways, which provide immense value for the communities of Connecticut. She will work to address challenges that threaten lakes and rivers, like algae bloom and invasive species. As an advocate for clean air and clean water, she will fight for the funds to clean up brownfields. She is the first black woman to be elected to Congress from Connecticut.

Hayes joins the U. S. House to fill the seat of retiring Representative Elizabeth Esty, who received a 99% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.  

In her own words:

Connecticut’s 5th District is home to stunning natural beauty and abundant natural resources. It’s also home to significant environmental challenges. I am ready to build on critical work with policies that will preserve and improve our environment.

Source: LCVAF Press Release.