Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is new and she’s exciting and she’s making people care about politics again. Born in New York on the October 13th 1989, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest congresswoman in history after being elected to the house in the 14th congressional district of New York, an area that contains the Bronx and Queens. Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent and describes her upbringing as working class which makes her rise all the more remarkable in a time when the president of her government is potentially the most bigoted man out there. Before becoming a congresswoman and after leaving college Ocasio-Cortez has worked as an intern at Senator Ted Kennedy’s immigration office, set up her own publishing company, worked at the National Hispanic Institute, was an organiser for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign and has even worked in a bar, all whilst fighting the courts to keep her father’s inheritance. Anyone who thinks that that is an easy ride is not thinking straight, this is all before the age of 29 remember.
Whilst Miss Ocasio-Cortez will not officially take up her post until January, she has already started working to make an impact in the house. In an era when many political representatives try to tackle the big issues and forget about their constituents, Ocasio-Cortez has promised a different approach, working from the bottom up, listening to the people who elected her and doing right by them. During her campaign Ms Ocasio-Cortez refuse to take donations from Corporate lobbyists, a decision that she believes gives her the freedom to do the right thing rather than repaying favours. One of the issues that Ms Ocasio-Cortez has already spoken out against in her first month of office is the possibility of a new Amazon factory being built on Long Island. The congresswoman elect for the adjacent constituency has listened to the calls for help from her people, who are worried about the possibility of rising rents and homelessness if the factory goes ahead, and is working to block the plan.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez has also been praised for her efforts in improving the transparency of government, since her election she has been documenting her new life on Instagram, showing followers what it’s like going through the congressional orientation, as well as showing herself doing the washing and cooking her evening meal. Ocasio-Cortez has said that she does this in an effort to humanise politicians, too much of the time we see them as different and out of touch with the rest of the world, but this young congresswoman is looking to change that. That is the exciting thing about having young people in our elected posts, they bring a dynamism, enthusiasm and they try new things that really stir-up a buzz around themselves and the rest of politics which is surely a positive.
With people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being elected to the house, this is an exciting time for U.S. politics, it will be interesting to see how she does when her term gets underway, but change is here and it’s working up a head of steam before the 2020 election. It is likely the key issues dear to Ms Ocasio-Cortez will remain the same as they always have been, these being; immigration, education and social injustice but it will be interesting to see how she feels on other more international issues that she may have to deal with whilst in congress. Whether you like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or not, you certainly can’t deny that she’s making people sit up and listen, I personally am a big fan.