Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

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

Rising left-wing rock star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history on Tuesday, November 6, as the youngest woman elected to Congress, in a safe Democratic Party stronghold in New York, US media projected.

The lopsided victory for Ocasio-Cortez is hardly a surprise, given the deep blue nature of her Brooklyn district.

Ocasio-Cortez easily won New York's 14th Congressional District over Republican Anthony Pappas with almost 79 percent of the vote, the New York Times reported.

See state and nationwide election results here
With all 435 Congressional districts up for reelection tonight, that's definitely doable. The New York Times live results maps are a personal favorite.

She describes herself as an educator, organiser and working-class New Yorker who has worked with expectant mothers, waited tables and led classrooms.

Having turned 29 last month, Ocasio-Cortez will inch out the previous holder of the distinction, New York Democratic Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was elected to Congress at age 30. Born to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father from South Bronx, she says she was raised in a place where one's zip code determines your destiny.

She takes the record for the youngest woman elected to Congress from Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate NY who was elected at age 30.

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