Jahana Hayes, the former national teacher of the year, who - in 2018 - became the first black woman elected to congress from Connecticut, is feeling her way around Capitol Hill and her new job.
She is part of what has been described as the most diverse class of freshmen ever elected to the U.S. House and Senate and she is one of 36 women who took office in Washington, D.C. following last year's elections.
There is something else about this class of freshmen. Whether true or not, the news media has portrayed them - as a group - as impatient and unwilling to wait their turn. Traditionally, Congress is a place where members put in their time over the course of several terms, build seniority, get better and better committee assignments and eventually - sometimes after years - amass power.
© Dean Pagani 2019