Today, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) released the following statement extending her support and congratulations to Miguel Cardona, Connecticut’s Education Commissioner, on his appointment to serve as Secretary of Education in the incoming administration:

“It is with great support and enthusiasm I extend my warmest congratulations to Commissioner Cardona,” said Congresswoman Hayes.  

“I am excited this vital role will be filled by a fellow educator from my home state. I am more than confident Commissioner Cardona will bring a distinctive ability to effectively address the current education challenges America’s students and teachers are facing.

“Commissioner Cardona has a full understanding of the need for full equity in education and his commitment to students and public education is a welcome shift, especially during these times.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Commissioner Cardona in our shared values to strengthen our nation’s education system.”


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.