Youngest woman elected to Congress
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.