Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress after her tiomar election competition Tuesday. The 29-year-old New…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress after her tiomar election competition Tuesday. Therose to the national limelight earlier this year after a grassroots campaign and primary victory over 10-year-old Joseph Crowley.
“It is a privilege and honor to say that we have also chosen the youngest woman in American history to serve in Congress,” she told supporters in New York City Tuesday night. “This is what is possible when everyday people gather in collective understanding that all our actions, no matter how small or large, are powerful, worthy and capable of lasting change.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who focused on a platform that included Medicare for all and free college education, told CBS News “”“in July as a populist style” absolute “releases new voters .
“This is how inspirational people are in the polls, giving them something to vote for, creating hope for this nation and knowing that as long as there are the working class Americans who believe in a prosperous and fair future we will have hope, no matter how red the district, “she said.
She also spent months leading up to the interlude electionfor other progressive ones, including Michigan Rashida Tlaib, who became one of were elected to Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez was not the only 29-year-old chosen last night. Iowa’s Abby Finkenauer shares that difference. But Finkenauer is a few months old r older and will be 30 about a week before they swore in January 3, 201
During the course of history there have been a number of men elected to Congress in the 20th century, but not women.
Ocasio-Cortez caught sight of potential voters last spring after her campaign video went viral and racked up 300,000 views on her first day. In an interview with CBSN’s Tanya Rivero in May, Ocasio-Cortez said that she wrote it. (You can look at the interview below.)
She will represent New York’s 14th Congress District, which covers parts of Queens and Bronx, and is 50 percent Latino and 70 percent more colorful, according to the New York Magazine. As part of her platform, Ocasio-Cortez told CBSN that she would defend immigration and customs management (ICE).
“ICE was just established in 2003 and was founded outside the US Department of Justice, so much of this disturbing behavior we see – parents can differ from their children, people are picked up on the street – it happens outside the justice department,” said Ocasio-Cortez in the June interview.
Ocasio-Cortez is a part of Bronx who attended Boston University and is a member of the Democratic Socialists in America and a community organizer who worked with President Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign.