Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx on Oct. 13, 1989, and she is already on a path to create history. Ocasio-Cortez has won the Democratic primary for the 14th Congressional District of New York, unseating leading House Democrat Joe Crowley. Crowley, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, who many predicted would replace Nancy Pelosi as minority leader, has represented the Bronx and Queens district for 10 terms and has not faced a primary challenger since 2004.
Ocasio-Cortez, 28, is highly favored to win the deep-blue district in November. If she does, she will become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
The rising political star is a former organizer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and previously worked for the late Senator Ted Kennedy and as an Education Director in the Bronx. Her father was a small business owner from the South Bronx, and her mother is a housekeeper from Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
As a child, Ocasio-Cortez commuted 40 minutes each way to attend Yorktown High School, because of the low-quality of the schools in her Bronx zip code. She went on to study Economics and International Relations at Boston University.
“We’re having an affordability crisis in New York City,” Ocasio-Cortez told media in US. “We have a security crisis with our current immigration system, and I think I was able to allow our community to really feel seen and heard, and visited and advocated for,” she added. Should she win the general election in November she would also become the first representative to fully reflect the demographics of her district.