We hope to enable educators to build lesson plans centered around any bill or vote in Congress, even those as recent as yesterday. In almost Trumpian fashion, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the president's son on Twitter just hours after Trent told The Washington Post she had no comment on Don Jr.'s meme suggesting democratic-socialist rule would mean Americans will have to eat dogs. She is a leading critic of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and called for the entire agency to be abolished. Young Americans have historically been the least involved in politics, despite the huge consequences policies can have on them. We hope to make GovTrack more useful to policy professionals like you. She talks like a normal person. The message got more likes than any she's ever sent. When she got home from her North Dakota trip, a leader of BNC called her out of the blue with an ask: Will you run for US Congress in New York's 14th district? Sworn in on at the age of 29 on January 3, becomes the youngest member of the 116th Congress. In 2018, with little financial backing, she ran an insurgent progressive campaign to win the Democratic Primary for her local district. "Everyone just loved Sandy," Starrett said. Her missives are beginning to rival the president's in engagement. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider. It's based on conversations with people who have known Ocasio-Cortez throughout her life and a recent interview conducted with the new lawmaker at INSIDER. She argues there are myriad ways to fund free college, Medicare for All, and a federal jobs guarantee. But after a few calls and a meeting with Ocasio-Cortez, Chakrabarti thought, "Holy crap: You're an incredible candidate.". And she's proved to be the most disruptive new Democrat in decades, striking fear in both Republicans and Democrats. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences in 2011. She co-sponsored the Green New Deal, a legislative package that calls for a massive overhaul of the U.S. economy to combat climate change, and she has supported Medicare for All, free public college and a 70% marginal tax rate for Americans making more than $10 million. Many veteran DC strategists agree with Khanna, and see the bold challenge as a cocky overreading of the left's mandate. Left to right: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY); Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA); Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN); and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019, after President Trump stepped up his attacks on the four progressive Democratic congresswomen. It's the kind of aggressive, economically-focused idea that got Ocasio-Cortez elected. She pushed a long bang behind her ear.