Jahanna Hayes Biography
Jahana Hayes is an American educator and politician born on 8th March 1973 in Waterbury, Connecticut, United States. She is the U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s 5th congressional district. She has been recognized as the state National Teacher of the Year. She is the first African American woman of the Democratic to represent Connecticut in Congress.
Jahana Hayes Age
Jahana Hayes is 45 years old as of 2018.
Jahana Hayes Salary
Jahana Hayes earns $115, 000.
Jahana Hayes Net worth
Jahana Hayes has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Jahana Hayes Family
Jahana Hayes parents are not mentioned in her records.
Jahana Hayes Husband
Jahana Hayes is married to Milford Hayes who is a police officer they live in Waterbury, Connecticut with their four children.
Jahana Hayes Education
Jahana Hayes graduated from Naugatuck Valley Community College where she got an associate degree. She then joined Southern Connecticut State where she got her bachelor’s degree. She then got her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Saint Joseph in 2012. In 2014 she got her Sixth-Year Certificate from Bridgeport University School of Education.
Jahana Hayes Teaching Career
Jahana Hayes started his teaching career at Southbury Training School in Connecticut. She was teaching government and history at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury. She chaired the Kennedy SOAR Review Board, a “school within a school” that provided advance for all gifted students. She involved her self in the co-curriculer activities whereby she was the co-adviser of HOPE, a student-service club at Kennedy. She won the John F. Kennedy Teacher of the Year and aslo Waterbury School District Educator of the Year in the year 2015.
In 2016 she was named Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year. The award spreaded his attention to the media. “I really think that we need to change the narrative, change the dialogue about what teaching is as a profession,” She told The Washington Post. She says they have spent a lot of time in the last few years talking about the things that are not working. They need to shift their attention to all the things that are working.” Appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show, she said that she teaches her students “kindness” and “community service.” After receiving the award, Hayes addressed the annual meeting of the National Education Association. “I am so grateful to be a member of the NEA,” she said, praising the union for preventing the “altruistic character trait that all teachers possess” from being exploited.
Jahana Hayes Elections
Jahana Hayes decided to ran for the Democratic nomination for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District In 2018. She had difficult for her upcoming in her campaign. “I know what it’s like to go to bed to gunshots outside,” she told an audience at a candidate forum. “I know what it’s like to wake up in the morning to a dead body in the hallway. She won the primary election on August 14, defeating Simsbury, First Selectman and Mary Glassman by a margin of 62 to 38 percent. She was declared the winner on November 6, 2018 becoming the first black woman of the Democratic House member from Connecticut. Her with Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district, are the first women of color to be elected to Congress from New England.
Jahana Hayes Commitee Assignments
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Education and Labor
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- Congressional Black Caucus
Jahana Hayes Political position
Jahana Hayes won the seat of Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. Sh e is the first African American to represent Connecticut in Congress as a candidate of Democratic. In the 2018 election, she won the endorsement of Connecticut Education Association. Her candidacy was also supported by the Connecticut Working Families Party (CTWFP), with CTWFP state director Lindsay Farrell saying that her primary victory “demonstrates the value in electing and mobilizing teachers who will fight for public education, stand up to [Education Secretary] Betsy DeVos, and advocate the importance of collective bargaining.
Jahana Hayes History
History was made in Connecticut when Democrat Jahana Hayes defeated Republican Manny Santos in the state’s 5th Congressional District. Hayes, who was named National Teacher of the Year in 2016, will become Connecticut’s first black woman in Congress. Following her victory Tuesday, Hayes took to Twitter to thank her supporters and emphasize the role they played in helping her win, writing: “When I started this campaign, I knew I couldn’t do it alone but I asked you to trust me with your vote and to trust me with your voice. You joined me on this journey and I thank every person who also believed that we are much better together.”
When I started this campaign, I knew I couldn’t do it alone but I asked you to trust me with your vote and to trust me with your voice. You joined me on this journey and I thank every person who also believed that we are much better together. 73 people are talking about this
Hayes will succeed Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who resigned earlier this year amid accusations that she improperly handled an abuse claim made against one of her staff members. Hayes, who lives in Wolcott with her husband and four children, was a social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury when she was named National Teacher of the Year in 2016.
“Our Teacher of the Year here stands as proof that you can’t set expectations high enough for our kids,” then-President Barack Obama said during his remarks about Hayes. He praised her resilience in navigating poverty and the challenges of a drug-addicted parent and a teen pregnancy. “There’s magic in those kids. We just have to find it,” he said. Hayes, who had never ran for public office, says that as a leader in her community she felt compelled to take on more responsibility. “I feel like I’m at a point in my life where I have a responsibility to speak up for my community,” she told The New York Times in August. “We need someone who will speak to what’s happening in public education, what’s happening on our borders, what’s happening to our organized labor unions — because all these people who work every day and contribute in our community and feel like they’re left out of the conversation.” Hayes’ victory comes in the midst of a historic election, in which an unprecedented number of women, people of color and LGBTQ candidates ran for office. She acknowledged her auspicious win on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for choosing me to be your congresswoman and trusting me with your voice #WeMadeHistory.”
Jahana Hayes Internship
In the Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students’ hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not in session.
In Washington, DC, interns’ responsibilities will vary. They may be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.
In the District office, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent case work or work on District-based projects of importance.
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Democrat Jahana Hayes was on her way to making history as Connecticut’s first black congresswoman after defeating the GOP’s Manny Santos in the race for the 5th District.“You reminded me of how good winning can be,” Hayes told a jubilant crowd of 200 supporters at the Waterbury Marriott on Tuesday. “We are so much better together.” For Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Tuesday’s victory is not only an exclamation point on a six-month campaign that has received, national attention. The midterm win is also the latest triumph in the inspirational story of a poor girl from Waterbury who dropped out of high school at 17 to have a daughter.
Hayes was able to make her personal story of trial and perseverance translate with voters in the 5th District, which stretches from greater Danbury to Massachusetts, and from the New York border to New Britain. While it was still playing out how Hayes’ victory fit into the bigger midterm election picture on Tuesday night, it seemed clear enough that her progressive platform of Medicare-for-all and a $15 hourly minimum wage resonated with voters in northwest and central Connecticut. Indeed, Hayes’ positions on immigration, education, gun violence prevention and social justice were in opposition to Santos, a former Marine and one-term mayor of Meriden who ran as a Trump Republican.
Santos, who supported Trump’s hardline on illegal immigration and Trump’s suggestion that school districts should have the option to arm teachers, said he was not ready concede the race late Tuesday night at American Legion Post 45 in Meriden, where he awaited election results with supporters. Santos ran a decidedly low-key campaign, raising nowhere near Hayes’ $1.6 million, and relying almost exclusively on social media posts. Santos justified his low-budget strategy, saying Republicans had spent millions in the past on losing campaigns.
That didn’t help Santos earn support from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which didn’t list Santos on any of its rosters of candidates to watch, even though the 5th District was Connecticut’s only open seat, and the GOP’s best chance to break into the state’s all-Democratic Congressional delegation. Hayes meanwhile ran as a frontrunner from the start, even though she was a first-time candidate. Hayes trounced establishment Democrat Mary Glassman in the primary, in part because of more aggressive fundraising and voter mobilization. Hayes’ upset victory got national attention – and the attention of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which featured Hayes among its highest-tier candidates that deserved national support.