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 HarrisCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' MORE (D-Calif) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks MORE.