If you don’t know the name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you better get ready to be hearing it a lot. She’s one of the newest members of the House of Representatives and a rising star in the political world. Right now, she’s just a few months into her first term representing the 14th district of New York state. If the name is a little too long to remember, fear not because she also goes by her initials AOC, which coincidentally is also her Twitter handle.
In a rather short period of time, AOC has made quite a name for herself on the Washington hill. Sure, you may not agree with all of her policies, and that’s perfectly fine. But you have to admit that being elected to Congress before the age of 30 is impressive. It’s also not easy to stand out as much as she does when there are over 400 other members of the House of Representatives. Like her or not, Alexandria is a fascinating person with an intriguing story. There’s also every chance that she remains in politics for a long time to come. With that in mind, let’s learn a few things about Alexandria both inside and outside the political arena.
Her Background is a Melting Pot
America, as we all know, is a wonderful melting pot, and so is Alexandria. To be fair, both of her parents are of Puerto Rican descent. However, she has said that the Puerto Rican community itself is a mix of different backgrounds. “We are black; we are indigenous; we are Spanish; we are European,” she says of Puerto Ricans. Alexandria has also stated that she has some Sephardic Jewish ancestry. However, she was born into a Catholic family and identifies as a member of that faith.
Politics Are in Her Bloodline
Okay, so Alexandria doesn’t come from a political dynasty, nor does she come from a political family. She came from a working-class home, as her father was an architect and her mother cleaned houses. However, she says that Puerto Ricans are inherently political people. “Politics were talked about at the table every single day. It’s the culture. In Puerto Rico, you talk about politics all the time, even when people disagree,” says Alexandria.