Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Biography
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an American politician and activist. She has served as the U.S. representative for New York’s 14th congressional district since 2019, as a member of the Democratic Party. She was previously an activist and worked as a waitress and bartender before running for Congress in 2018.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Age
Alexandria was born on 13th October, 1989, New York City, U.S.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Height
Alexandria stand at a height of 5 feet and 8 inches tall.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Education
Ocasio-Cortez attended Boston University, where she double-majored in international relations and economics, graduating cum laude.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Nationality
Alexandria is an American Nationality.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Parents
Ocasio-Cortez was born to Sergio Ocasio and Blanca Ocasio Cortez. Her father was born in the Bronx to a Puerto Rican family and became an architect; her mother was born in Puerto Rico. Ocasio-Cortez lived with her family in an apartment in the Bronx neighborhood of Parkchester until she was five, when the family moved to a house in suburban Yorktown Heights.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Siblings
She has a younger brother named Gabriel.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Husband
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got engaged to new fiancé, Riley Roberts.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Children
She does not have any children yet.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Congresswoman
Alexandria drew national recognition when she won the Democratic Party’s primary election for New York’s 14th congressional district on 26th June 2018. She defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in what was widely seen as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm election primaries. She easily won the November general election, defeating Republican Anthony Pappas. She was reelected in the 2020 election, defeating John Cummings.
Ocasio-Cortez participated in a climate change protest outside the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in November 2018. Also that month, she backed Pelosi’s bid to be Speaker of the House once the Democratic Party reclaimed the majority on the condition that Pelosi “remains the most progressive candidate for speaker”.
Alexandria is a member of an informal group of progressive members of Congress called “The Squad,” along with Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman. On July 14, 2019, Trump attacked the Squad (which had only four members at the time) in a tweet, saying that they should “go back and help fix” the countries they came from rather than criticize the American government.
Ocasio-Cortez submitted her first piece of legislation, the Green New Deal, to the House on February 7, 2019. She and Senator Ed Markey released a joint non-binding resolution laying out the main elements of a 10-year “economic mobilization” that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation’s infrastructure.
Alexandria supports progressive policies such as single-payer Medicare for All, tuition-free public college and trade school, a federal job guarantee, the cancellation of all $1.6 trillion of outstanding student debt, guaranteed family leave, abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ending the privatization of prisons, enacting gun-control policies, and energy policy relying on 100% renewables.
Ocasio-Cortez proposed introducing a marginal tax as high as 70% on income above $10 million to pay for the Green New Deal. According to tax experts contacted by The Washington Post, this tax would bring in extra revenue of $720 billion per decade. Ocasio-Cortez has opposed and voted against the pay-as-you-go rule supported by Democratic leaders, which requires deficit-neutral fiscal policy, with all new expenditures balanced by tax increases or spending cuts.
Alexandria has expressed support for defunding and abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency on multiple occasions. In February 2018 she called it “a product of the Bush-era Patriot Act suite of legislation” and “an enforcement agency that takes on more of a paramilitary tone every single day”. On June 2018 she said she would “stop short of fully disbanding the agency”, and would rather “create a pathway to citizenship for more immigrants through decriminalization”.
Ocasio-Cortez supports transitioning to a single-payer healthcare system and views medical care as a human right. She says that a single government health insurer should cover every American, reducing overall costs. Her campaign website says, “Almost every other developed nation in the world has universal healthcare. It’s time the United States catch up to the rest of the world in ensuring all people have real healthcare coverage that doesn’t break the bank.” The Medicare-for-all proposal was adopted by many Democratic 2020 presidential contenders.
Alexandria was named the 2017 National Hispanic Institute Person of the Year by Ernesto Nieto. In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez received the Adelle Foley Award. She was named as one of the 2019 BBC 100 Women.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Salary
Alexandria earns an estimated annual salary of USD 150, 000.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Net Worth
Alexandria’s net worth is estimated to be USD 1 million.
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