Connecticut elects first black congresswoman

Connecticut elects first black congresswoman

Jahana Hayes, a former National Teacher of the Year, will become the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.

Hayes easily won Connecticut’s 5th District in a race against Republican Manny Santos, a military veteran and Trump supporter.

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The race was open after Rep. Elizabeth EstyElizabeth Henderson EstyConnecticut elects first black congresswoman Former aides alleging sexual harassment on Capitol Hill urge congressional action Rising Dem star in Connecticut says people like me ‘deserve a seat at the table’ in Congress MORE (D) announced her retirement following reports that she was slow to act after she learned of allegations that her former chief of staff assaulted and harassed another staffer. 

Hayes, a first-time candidate, received national notoriety when she trounced Mary Glassman, who had been endorsed by the Connecticut Democratic Party.

On the campaign trail, Hayes detailed her childhood growing up in public housing as the daughter of a drug addict.

She became pregnant at 17, but her “community and strong desire for an education propelled her forward,” she says on her website.

Hayes, 45, was buoyed by support from national Democrats like Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism New book questions Harris's record on big banks MORE (D-Calif) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment Biden: 'I'm more of a Democrat from my shoe sole to my ears' than anyone else running MORE.