Today, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) released the following statement acknowledging the 8th year of remembrance of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting:  

“Eight years removed, the pain and scars of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have never left us. Today, we take time to pause and remember the 20 innocent children and 6 selfless educators whose lives were taken that day. 

“As a mother and educator, I cannot imagine losing my children, a student, or colleague in such a way. Those parents, siblings, and family members, who lost a loved one remind me to persevere and keep faith. Today we honor, remember, and reflect - tomorrow we get back to work ensuring our schools and communities remain safe.

“My heart is with the Newtown community, today and every day. We are Connecticut strong.”


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.