Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx 29 years ago, she is the youngest woman elected to Congress. She is younger than the current youngest U.S. Representative, Elise Stefanik, who is 33-years-old. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat the Republican opponent, the seventy-two year old professor Anthony Pappas. Ocasio-Cortez is still paying her loan for the University and until recently she did not even have health insurance. She has become the national face of disgruntled young democrats, often women and minorities, trying to push the party to the left.
In the 2016 presidential election, Ocasio-Cortez was the organizer in the campaign of Bernie Sanders who had challenged Hillary Clinton for the nomination of the Democratic Party. In 2018, encouraged by the Sanders group, Ocasio-Cortez decided to challenge Joseph Crowley, a parliamentarian of the Fourteenth District. Crowley, like Hillary Clinton, was in the center of the Democratic Party while Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez placed themselves at the left wing of the party and declared themselves Socialist Democrats. As Sanders had done in his presidential race, Ocasio-Cortez decided to refuse contributions from large companies by receiving the vast majority of her funds from small contributions in small amounts. In total, she spent 194,000 dollars on her campaign while his opponent Crowley spent 3.4 million.
Ocasio-Cortez supports the progressive ideas of Bernie Sanders. She is in favor of public health open to all (Medicare), free university, raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, the elimination of prisons in private control and the regulation of firearms. Furthermore, she advocates the possibility of a process leading to citizenship for irregular immigrants and the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), considering it abusive to immigrants.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s marital status is Single.
“Rain is hard for turnout, sometimes people literally decide not to vote because is raining. Don’t do that,” said Ocasio-Cortez during Cosmopolitan’s Instagram-takeover on Election Day.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can boast several Wiki in various languages. Here the one in English.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has an huge following also on Instagram, where she has more than 300 thousand followers.
She also runs a YouTube channel where she uploaded the famous video The Courage to Change. In this channel she highlights her humble origins, but they have not stopped her in the path of achieving the results that everyone recognizes today.
Ocasio-Cortez born in the Bronx borough of New York, daughter of Blanca Ocasio-Cortez and Sergio Cortez. Her father was an architect who was also born in the Bronx and her mother was born in Puerto Rico. Ocasio-Cortez did her high school studies at Yorktown High School where she distinguished herself for winning the second prize at the international Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with a microbiology project. She followed studies at Boston University but during the second year of studies she lost her father who suffered from lung cancer. After graduating, Ocasio-Cortez returned to the Bronx to devote herself to humble jobs including one as a waitress in a taqueria.
In the previous 18 years, no challenger had contested Crowley’s challenge by challenging him in the primaries. The twenty-nine Ocasio-Cortez eventually prevailed with 57.13% of the votes. This is a resounding victory because Crowley, the number 4 in the Democratic leadership in Congress, was the establishment’s candidate and assumed he had a good chance of taking on the role of a speaker. Crowley congratulated his adversary in a unique way, dedicating a song by Bruce Springsteen (Born to Run, Born to Run). The opponent of Ocasio-Cortez in the midterm elections on November 6th was Anthony Pappas.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a progressive platform and message aimed at the working class.
“We have to stick to the message: What are we proposing to the American people? Not, ‘What are we fighting against?'” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We understand that we’re under an antagonistic administration, but what is the vision that is going to earn and deserve the support of working-class Americans? And we need to be explicit in that vision and legislation, not just ‘better,’ but what exactly is our plan?”