Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or AOC as she is known, is the youngest congresswoman to ever be elected. She defeated 10-term Democrat Joe Crowley from New York’s 14th congressional district. She was 28 when she was elected. She is the first democratic opponent to challenge Crowley’s seat in 14 years. She was sworn in by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on January 3, 2019. She helped organize Bernie Sanders’s campaign for President in 2016. In February 2019 she was one of the senators who introduced the “green new deal”.
What is her background? Her birthday is on October 1t3th 1989. She was born to a Puerto Rican family in the Bronx. Her degree is in economics and international affairs. She graduated from Boston University. In 2008 her father died from lung cancer, causing her family to have financial trouble. Cortez came back to her family and worked low-wage restaurant jobs to support them. She lived paycheck to paycheck for most of her 20s.
How did she become a congresswoman? Her first exposure to politics was as an intern in Senator Ted Kennedy’s office. As I mentioned above she volunteered in Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in 2016. When she decided to run for congress the group Brand New Congress stood behind her. Her campaign was mostly made up of volunteers that all felt like the system was rigged. The DSA also endorsed her campaign. In the end, she won the election by 4,000 votes.
Story by Maddy Peeples