Jahana was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2018. This made her the first African-American woman and first African-American Democrat to represent Connecticut in Congress. Prior to her election, Jahana gained recognition for her excellence as a teacher. Because of her past experience as a teacher, Jahana is a strong advocate for equitable education opportunities. Along with education, Jahana focuses on affordable health care, labor, agriculture and the environment.
On healthcare . . .
Jahana supported getting the House of Representatives involved in the case Texas v. United States, which would take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions and strike down the Affordable Care Act. She also cosponsored a piece of legislation aimed at lowering health insurance premiums for 13 million Americans.
On the environment . . .
Jahana supported the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, which will create a National Park Service protective designation for areas that run through ten Connecticut towns.
Plans for Economy
Jahana supported the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which helps employers keep employees on payroll during COVID. She has also opposed budget cuts to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security and Medicaid.
Jahana has introduced legislation to opposing using federal funding to arm teachers. She also voted for the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which would invest $100 billion into American schools. She has also chaired a hearing to raise awareness that seclusion and restraint policies disproportionately impact male students of color.