Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC for short, was sworn into Congress in January 2019 and has quickly risen to become one of the most recognizable members of the US Congress. Ocasio-Cortez is from the Bronx, where discrepancies in wealth and opportunities primed her for a career in public service where she could work to even the playing field for youth in underprivileged communities. AOC has served as an Educational Director with the National Hispanic Institute helping Americans, DREAMers, and undocumented youth in community leadership and college readiness. As the youngest woman ever voted into Congress, she is a champion for Democratic socialism and immigration reform. And on top of that, she’s brilliant.
In 2007, AOC competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college scientific research event. She won second place in the microbiology category, which led to the International Astronomical Union and MIT Lincoln Library naming an asteroid after her, the “23238 Ocasio-Cortez,” which is 1.44 miles wide and 240 million miles away from Earth.
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