(US midterms) Democrat Ocasio-Cortez becomes youngest woman elected to congress

World | 7 Nov 2018 2:08 pm

At 29, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez has said she is still paying off her student loans and until recently had no health insurance.

She shocked many in New York politics, including herself, when she came out of nowhere to defeat 10-term Representative Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic congressional primary last spring.

The victory made her the national face of young, discontented Democrats — often women and minorities — trying to shove their party to the left.

Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx but raised in suburban Westchester County. Her father died while she was a student at Boston University in 2008. She got her start in politics as an organizer for Senator Bernie Sanders. She calls herself a "Democratic socialist” and supports a national US$15 minimum wage and universal health care coverage.

She takes the record for the youngest woman elected to Congress from Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate New York who was elected at age 30. American voters have elected many men in their 20s to Congress.-AP

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