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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a candidate for US Congress ​, running as a member of the Democratic Party USA ​ in the state of New York ​. [1]

Early Life

Alexandria was born in the Bronx to two working-class parents. Her father, Sergio Ocasio, was a small business owner from the South Bronx ​. Her mother, Bianca, was born in Puerto Rico ​, growing up around a large family near Arecibo ​. She grew up in a household where her mother cleaned homes and everyone pitched in on the family business. [7]


Alexandria studied at Boston University ​, where she earned degrees in Economics ​ and International Relations ​. [7] ​ She has had an interest in Politics ​ since she was in High school ​. [16]

Alexandria is an Alumni ​ of the IntelSEF STEM research organization. She commuted to Yorktown ​ in order to participate. ​​"She was one of the best presenters we have had in the program," her teacher, Blueglass, said. "She is still the same great person today." Alexandria had been researching the Anti-aging effects of Anti-Oxidants ​. [17]

Political Career

On June 26th of 2018, she won the Democratic Party ​ primary against Joe Crowley ​. [4] ​ Joe Crowley was expected to win since he was a long-time Incumbent of 10 terms​. [13]

She is running for US Congress ​ in New York's 14th Congressional District. She won the election with 57% of the Popular vote ​. [14] ​Alexandria hopes to be in the 116th Congress. [15]

Immediately after the race, Joe played the Guitar ​ in front of his supporters; he dedicated the song Born to Run ​ by Bruce Springstein ​. [14] ​ Mr. Crowley skipped a debate against Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, and instead sent a surrogate, a Latina former city councilwoman. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez called it “a bizarre twist” on Twitter to be seated across from someone “with slight resemblance to me” instead of her opponent. [13]

In the Fall of 2018, she will be facing Anthony Pappas, a Republican who ran unopposed​. [13] ​ She is expected to win given that there are 6x as many Democrats as Republicans. [16]

Cynthia Nixon ​, a Democrat ​, endorsed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the primary, and vice-versa. [1]

According to her mother, Alexandria hopes to be President ​ of the United States of America ​. [16]


Alexandria is an advocate of Immigration Feform in the US. She opposes the creation of a wall between the Mexico–United States border ​​. [4] ​ Further, Alexandria supports the abolition of Immigration Customs Enforcement ​. [1]

Economic Views

In the 2016 US Presidential Election, Alexandria was a Bernie Sanders ​ supporter. Alexandria describes her Economic ​ views as Socialist ​. [3] ​ She favors Government housing ​ and Medicare ​ for all. She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America ​. [15]

Alexandria wishes to restore Glass-Steagall ​ and other regulations on banks and investment groups. [7]

Gun Control

Alexandria is a proponent of Gun control ​, and is in favor of banning the sale of Assault weapons ​. [7]

Public Education

Alexandria supports a one-time policy of student debt cancellation, in which the federal government cancels the loans it holds directly and buys back the financing of privately owned loans on behalf of borrowers to liberate generations of Americans trapped in student loan debt and holding back from participating in the greater US economy. [7]

Green New Deal

She strongly favors a transition to Renewable energy ​, hoping to get the United States to use 100% clean energy by the year 2035. [14]


In 2017, Alexandria worked as a Waitress ​. [13] ​ She was a Book publisher ​ and an educator at National Hispanic Institute ​. [15]

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