29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history on Tuesday by becoming the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress.
She won 78% of the vote in the midterm elections on Tuesday, according to The New York Times. She will represent New York’s 14th congressional district.
Ocasio-Cortez, a self-declared Democratic socialist, beat veteran Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s congressional primary election in June in a shocking upset within the Democratic Party.
Just a year ago, the political novice had been working as a bartender to help support her working-class family.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx to a working-class family. Her mom is Puerto Rican and her dad is a Bronx native.
“Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office,” she said in a recent campaign ad. “I wasn’t born to a wealthy or powerful family.”
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Her parents were disappointed in their local schooling system, so her extended family helped fund a move to a better school district.
Shuttling between New York’s poorest borough in Bronx, where her extended family lived, and more affluent boroughs was …read more
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