Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an American politician and activist who goes by the initials AOC. She has been a member of the Democratic Party’s congressional delegation representing New York’s 14th congressional district since 2019. The district encompasses the eastern Bronx, parts of north-central Queens, and New York City’s Rikers Island.
When Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Party’s primary election for New York’s 14th congressional district on June 26, 2018, she gained national attention. In what was widely regarded as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm election primaries, she defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent. She comfortably defeated Republican Anthony Pappas in the November general election. In the 2020 election, she defeated John Cummings and was re-elected.
Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress, having taken office at the age of 29.
She is known for having a large social media presence in comparison to her colleagues in Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez graduated with honors from Boston University, where she double-majored in international relations and economics. Before standing for Congress in 2018, she was an activist who worked as a waiter and bartender.
Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are the Democratic Socialists of America’s first female members of Congress.
She supports a progressive program that includes workplace democracy, Medicare for All, tuition-free public college, a federal jobs guarantee, a Green New Deal, and abolishing the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
On October 13, 1989, Ocasio-Cortez was born into a Catholic family in the Bronx, New York City, parents Blanca Ocasio-Cortez (née Cortez) and Sergio Ocasio-Roman. Gabriel, her younger brother, is her only sibling. Her father was born into a Puerto Rican household in the Bronx and went on to become an architect; her mother was born in Puerto Rico. Ocasio-Cortez and her family resided in an apartment in Parkchester, Bronx, until she was five years old, when they relocated to a house in suburban Yorktown Heights.