At 29 years old, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman elected to US Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez could lose her title of the youngest woman elected to Congress in a matter of hours.
In her short time in the national spotlight, Ocasio-Cortez has managed to raise the profile of a number of issues supported by the left-wing of the Democratic party, including Medicare-for-All, free college, a carbon tax, the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and a federal jobs guarantee.
Ocasio-Cortez easily won New York's 14th Congressional District over Republican Anthony Pappas with almost 79 percent of the vote, the New York Times reported. Her father died while she was a student at Boston University in 2008.
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Making it official that a talented young candidate running on an unapologetic progressive agenda can unseat Democratic incumbents "who are ideologically and demographically out-of-touch with their voters", Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday night won her race for the U.S. House of Representative in New York's 14th District-making her the youngest female member of Congress ever elected and a leading voice among those pushing a much bolder agenda for the party.
She got her start in politics as an organiser for US Senator Bernie Sanders.
She is one of a handful of congressional candidates this year who identified as democratic socialists.