Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was born October 13, 1989 in The Bronx, New York. She graduated from Yorktown High School in 2007 and went on to study International Relations and Economics at Boston University, graduating cum laude in 2011.
During college, Ocasio-Cortez served as an intern to U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, where she familiarized herself with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement system.
Ocasio-Cortez ran to represent New York's 14th Congressional District, East Bronx and Queens. In the primary elections held on June 26, 2018, she defeated 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley, for the seat.
That same year in the November General Election, she defeated Republican nominee Anthony Pappas, winning 78% of the vote.
Proposals & Introductions
In February of 2019, she and Senator Ed. Markey (D-MA), introduced The Green New Deal. This resolution addressed climate change and decrease greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2030.
During September 2019, she released a six-bill package to "combat the greatest threats to our country, our democracy, and our planet: economic inequality and climate change." It included The Place to Prosper Act and The Uplift Workers Act.
AOC Political Views
Immigration AOC believes diversity is the United States' greatest strength. Along with her colleagues, they passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, providing immigrants with temporary humanitarians protections.
LGBTQ+ Ocasio-Cortez voted in favor of the Equality Act, which would ensure civil rights law to make discrimination based on gender-identity or sexual orientation, illegal.
Healthcare AOC believes healthcare is not a privilege, but a human right. Ocasio-Cortez, along with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, investigated Gilead's pricing for an HIV prevention for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Education Ocasio-Cortez believes education should be accessible to everyone regardless of socioeconomic status. She supports a bill that would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965, ensuring a college education for all. She and her colleagues plan to combat the national student debt crisis and is in favor of the Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019.
Women in Politics
According to The Guardian, Ocasio-Cortez has defied the status-quo about how women of color should behave in the corridors of power. She was also featured in the Netflix Original Documentary, Knock Down the House. It starred her and three other progressive Democrats that ran for Congress during the 2018 Midterm Elections.