Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an activist and politician commonly known by her initials AOC. She serves as the U.S. representative for New York’s 14th congressional district which includes the Bronx, Rikers Island, and Queens since 2019.
Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman serving in the United States Congress taking the office when she was 29 years old. She defeated Joe Crowley who had been the US Representative for 10 terms in the Democratic Party’s primary election.
She also easily defeated Republican Anthony Pappas in the 2018 November general election. Ocasio-Cortez again defeated John Cummings in the 2020 elections.
Cortez is known for her substantial social media presence where she is vocal about issues affecting children, women, and the minority. Before being a representative in 2018, she was working as a bartender and waitress and was a vocal activist.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Age
Ocasio-Cortez is 32 years old as of 2021. She was born on October 13, 1989, in New York City.
AOC stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches tall.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Net Worth
AOC has an estimated net worth of not more than $100k. She was ranked the least wealthy member of the 116th Congress by OpenSecrets.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Parents
Ocasio-Cortez was born to her parents Blanca Ocasio-Cortez and Sergio Ocasio-Roman. She was raised in a Catholic family in the New York City borough of the Bronx. She was raised alongside her brother Gabriel Cortez.
Her father died in 2008 of lung cancer while she was a second-year student at Boston University. She and her family were involved in a long judicial battle to settle his estate.
Her mother took the job as a house cleaner and a school bus driver to help support her family. After AOC graduated from college, she moved back to the Bronx and worked as a bartender and waitress to fight the foreclosure of their home.
Ocasio-Cortez was enrolled at Yorktown Highschool when her family moved to a house in suburban Yorktown Heights. While in high school, she participated in the National Hispanic Institute’s Lorenzo de Zavala (LDZ) Youth Legislative Session.
Cortez joined Boston University where she became the LDZ Secretary of State. While in college, she interned for U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy in his section on foreign affairs and immigration issues.
AOC graduated cum laude in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both international relations and economics.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Husband
Ocasio-Cortez is engaged to her partner Riley Roberts. Riley works as a web developer and technology consultant. The two got engaged in April 2022.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Politician
AOC began working as a bartender and waitress after graduating from Boston University to support her family. She then got a job as an organizer for Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign in 2016.
She was inspired to work for her own community when she saw her fellow youths “putting their whole lives and everything that they had on the line for the protection of their community”.
AOC then began her campaign in April 2017 after realizing that someone does not need power, wealth, or social influence to successfully run for office. She campaigned at the same time working as a waitress and tending bar at Flats Fix, a taqueria in New York City’s Union Square.
With finance being the biggest challenge in her campaign, she had to use another strategy to beat Joe Crowley who had been the US Representative for over 10 terms.
She campaigned from the ground engaging people of the community on her campaign. She was endorsed by a number of civil rights organizations such as MoveOn and Democracy for America.
Cortez received 57.13% of the vote (15,897) to Crowley’s 42.5% (11,761), defeating the 10-term incumbent by almost 15 percentage points on June 26, 2018. The result shocked many political commentators and analysts and immediately garnered nationwide attention.
In the general elections, Cortez faced Republican nominee Anthony Pappas and easily won the election with 78% of the vote (110,318) to Pappas’s 14% (17,762).
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Socials
What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez do?
Alexandria is a politician and activist. She serves as the U.S. representative for New York’s 14th congressional district.
What does AOC stand for in history?
AOC stands for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the U.S. representative for New York’s 14th congressional district.
What nationality is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
Ocasio-Cortez is of American nationality. She was born and raised to parents of Puerto Rican origin.
Does AOC have a college degree?
Yes, she graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both international relations and economics.
Does AOC have any siblings?
Yes, AOC has a brother called Gabriel Ocasio-Cortez. He is a musician and artist.