Youngest woman elected to Congress

The Star Malaysia - - Focus -

Af­ter de­feat­ing a long-time in­cum­bent in a Demo­cratic pri­mary, Alexan­dria Oca­sioCortez, 29, be­came the youngest woman elected to Congress.

The mil­len­nial Latina, born to a Puerto Ri­can mum and Bronx­ite dad, ran on a boldly pro­gres­sive plat­form that in­cluded Medi­care for all, a fed­eral jobs guar­an­tee and the abo­li­tion of Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment (ICE). She fa­mously worked as a bar­tender just months be­fore win­ning her pri­mary and had never pre­vi­ously held po­lit­i­cal of­fice. A mem­ber of the Demo­cratic So­cial­ists of Amer­ica, Oca­sio-Cortez is part of a wave of pro­gres­sive Democrats promis­ing to push the party es­tab­lish­ment fur­ther left and has worked on the cam­paign of 2016 pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Bernie San­ders. Oca­sio-Cortez also worked for the late Se­na­tor Ted Kennedy while study­ing economics and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at Bos­ton Univer­sity.

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