The Youngest Woman Elected To Congress Is An Honor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Now Holds

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On Tuesday evening, Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29 years old. Ocasio-Cortez will represent the New York’s 14th district in the U.S. House of Representatives when she is sworn in in January.

Ocasio-Cortez easily secured victory on Tuesday, with the Associated Press indicating that, so far, she has received around 79 percent of the vote, with 84 percent of precincts reporting. She defeated Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in the race. As Vox reported, Ocasio-Cortez has attracted national attention since winning her district's Democratic primary in June, unseating 10-term United States Congressman Joe Crowley.

The 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez will take the distinction of youngest woman ever elected to Congress from Representative Elise Stefanik, the Congresswoman from New York's 21st congressional district who was first elected at age 30. As CNBC noted, while she was heavily favored to win the race against Pappas, Ocasio-Cortez campaigned intensively through Election Day. As the polls closed on Tuesday, she tweeted:

Ocasio-Cortez ran on a progressive platform that prioritized a host of key issues, including guaranteeing Medicare for all, abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, and establishing housing as a human right, among other initiatives. As Vox described, she ran a grassroots campaign focused on garnering support and turnout among young people and people of color.

The newly-elected representative also indicated that she ran on behalf of working class people, though noted that she had initially worried that the U.S. political system would not allow for the election of a candidate running on such a platform. As Ocasio-Cortez told Rolling Stone back in October:

During an interview with HOT 97 radio in New York on Nov. 5, Ocasio-Cortez further discussed her commitment to a working class platform and previewed what her job as a Congresswoman might entail.

Overall, Ocasio-Cortez certainly made history on Tuesday when she was elected to Congress. You can be sure that her constituents, and many other Americans, will be watching closely to see how she implements her progressive platform as a newly-minted Congresswoman.