Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Biography

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent American politician, is widely recognized as the representative for New York’s 14th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hailing from a middle-class family of Puerto Rican immigrants, she experienced the struggles of financial stability firsthand. After completing her education at Boston University, Ocasio-Cortez tirelessly worked multiple jobs to support her family and pay off her college loan. Her passion for politics ignited during the 2016 presidential election, where she fervently endorsed Bernie Sanders as the Democratic Party candidate. In a remarkable turn of events, she defeated a long-standing Democratic representative in the 2018 primary and went on to secure victory against her Republican opponent, earning her the esteemed position of U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. Known for her progressive stance, Ocasio-Cortez advocates for free education, LGBTQ equality, immigration law reform, and robust measures to combat the pressing climate crisis. Her unwavering dedication to these causes has propelled her to become one of the most sought-after American politicians in recent years, as evidenced by her successful re-election in 2020.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: AOC
  • Age: 34 Years, 34 Year Old Females
  • Family:
    • Father: Sergio Ocasio
    • Mother: Blanca Ocasio-Cortez
    • Partner: Riley Roberts
  • Born Country: United States
  • Activists
  • Political Leaders
  • U.S. State: New Yorkers
  • Education: College of Arts and Sciences, Yorktown High School

Childhood & Early Life

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born on October 13, 1989, in New York, to Sergio Ocasio-Roman and Blanca Ocasio-Cortez. She was the elder child and has a younger brother. She lived with her family in an apartment in the Bronx borough of New York. At the age of five, she moved with her family to live in Yorktown Heights, a suburb of New York City. Her parents were of Puerto Rican descent. Her father worked as an architect and owned a small architectural firm. Her mother worked at cleaning houses. However, her parents earned just enough to provide their children with a decent life.

She enrolled at the Yorktown High School, where she was identified as a gifted student. She was particularly fond of microbiology and asked for a microscope as a birthday present at a very young age. Alexandria’s talent won her the second prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. To honor her efforts, the Lincoln MIT laboratory named a little asteroid after her. Post her high school graduation, she enrolled at Boston University on a student loan. From there, she earned a bachelor’s degree in both economics and international relations.

In 2008, during her second year of college, her father died of lung cancer. The economic recession was at its peak around this time, and this left the family in huge financial ruin, making it difficult to manage the household finances. Hence, Alexandria picked up multiple jobs to help her mother who worked as a house cleaner.

Early Career

Alexandria started doing odd jobs after her college graduation and survived on low paying jobs. She moved to the Bronx and worked as a bartender and a waitress. Aside from helping her family, she also paid $300 every month to pay off her student loans. While she was in college, she worked closely with Senator Ted Kennedy during an internship at his office. By the time of the 2016 presidential election, when Bernie Sanders kick-started his presidential nominee campaign, Alexandria had become deeply interested in politics. She worked as an organizer for Bernie Sanders’ campaign during the 2016 primary. Following the general elections and Donald Trump’s victory, she traveled across the country by driving a car to the places affected by the Flint Water Crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline. She visited North Dakota, which became the major turning point in her life when she realized that being a politician is not about gaining wealth and power but about working to support one’s community.

Political Career

Following his loss in 2016, Bernie Sanders’ staffers established a committee called Brand New Congress. It was a group of young progressives that showed promise. When Alexandria was on her way back to New York from North Dakota, she received a phone call to join the newly formed group. She decided to contest from the 14th congressional district of New York. Her chief opponent in the Democratic primary was the incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley, who had been elected from the district for 10 consecutive times. Her chances looked bleak and her primary campaign was also low-key, owing to lack of funds and experience. However, she surprised everyone when she defeated Crowley to win the Democratic ticket for the 2018 elections. It was the biggest upset in the 2018 midterm election primaries. She was supported by former President Barack Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders during her campaign, against the Republican candidate for the November 2018 general election. She defeated the Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in the general election and became the Representative from the 14th congressional district of New York. Her victory over Republican Anthony Pappas made her the youngest female representative in the house at the age of 29.

Progressive Politics

Alexandria is also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. She has openly admitted to being a socialist and wants to put an end to capitalism. She has been an ardent supporter of progressive drives, such as tuition-free public college and trade school, single-payer healthcare system, a federal job guarantee, environment conservation, and ending prison privatization. She has deemed climate change to be the biggest threat to the United States and the world in general. She presented an environmental plan in this regard, known as the Green New Deal, which promotes the use of 100% renewable energy. It also calls for an end to using fossil fuels as the source of energy within the next decade. She has been a staunch critic of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and has repeatedly called for the agency’s abolition. In addition, she compared the Trump-era detention centres for immigrant detainees at the U.S.–Mexico borders to the Nazi-era concentration camps. In tune with her progressive politics, she has worked immensely toward LGBTQ equality in the workplace and elsewhere.

Personal Life

Despite being a progressive, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that she is a devoted Roman Catholic. She also said in an interview that she has Sephardic Jewish roots as well. After her father’s demise in 2008, her mother and grandmother moved to Florida due to financial difficulties. Alexandria has an extended family in Puerto Rico, too. Alexandria has been a regular target of social media trolls, especially by those belonging to the Republican Party. She has been called as an “extremist socialist who is here to bring an end to the American way of life.” A dancing video from her college years was made viral on social media to ruin her image as a public representative. There are strong indicators that she has been dating web developer Riley Roberts for a long time. However, she has never confirmed her relationship status openly.

Leave a Comment