WATERBURY, Conn. – Today, United States Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) released the following statement after Maggie O’Leary, daughter of Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, and a former Hayes intern, was injured in a car accident in Florida. 

“A few moments ago, I learned of the terrible accident in Florida suffered by the College of the Holy Cross’ Women’s Rowing Team, including Maggie O’Leary. Maggie worked as an intern in my office and alongside me at various community service events. During the course of her internship, she assisted constituents with casework and attended events on my behalf. Maggie is a true leader and as her capstone project, she organized and led an amazing event with Girls Inc. in support of female empowerment and self-defense skills for women.”
“I join my staff in sending our thoughts and prayers to Maggie. She will always be part of our family.”




Rep. Jahana Hayes has been a public school teacher in Connecticut for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year. Currently serving her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture and proudly represents Connecticut’s 5th District.