Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A Profile
By Miranda Corral
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an up and coming Democratic politician who is worth keeping an eye on, with a running platform as trendy as her beloved nickname AOC. Born in the Bronx, 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez recently won a seat as a representative for New York’s 14th congressional district on November 6th, representing parts of her home district in the Bronx and Queens. Once she begins her term in early January, Ocasio-Cortez will make history as the youngest woman to serve in Congress in United States history.
Born to parents of Puerto Rican descent, Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Yorktown High School in 2007 and subsequently graduated from Boston University in 2011 cum laude with a bachelors in international relations and a minor in economics. Significant life events that occurred for Ocasio-Cortez during college included an internship at the immigration office of Senator Ted Kennedy and the death of her father from lung cancer during her sophomore year.
Early work for Ocasio-Cortez included working as a bartender and a waitress, as well as establishing a publishing company called Brook Avenue Press that strived to publish books that portrayed the Bronx positively. She also worked as an organizer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Community outreach is highly important to Ocasio-Cortez, ranking highly among other important issues to her such as income inequality, human rights, immigration justice, medicare, housing, and education.
As a woman of color, Ocasio-Cortez has entered the political stage in an encouraging, exciting, and norm-smashing way. She represents promise and hope for many Americans, and her political trajectory should be powerful and inspiring to watch and be a part of.