Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeats Republican Anthony Pappas in New York
NEW YORK - November 7, 2018
29-year-old community organizer and former bartender Alexandria Orcasio-Cortez has become the youngest woman elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez, who identifies as a Democratic Socialist, will represent New York's 14th Congressional District, covering parts of the Bronx and Queens.
Her victory over Republican Anthony Pappas, an economics professor, was widely expected since the Democratic primary in June when she scored an unanticipated upset over 10-term U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley.
Since then, Ocasio-Cortez has been hailed as part of a movement of new faces and voices in the party taking aim at more established, politically moderate Democrats. She supports government-paid health care for all, a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition, and the abolition of the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As for her age, American voters have elected many men in their 20s to Congress, but Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman to join the House.
U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate New York, was previously the youngest, elected in 2014 at age 30.
Only one candidate for Congress this year is younger: Republican Morgan Murtaugh, who is running against Democratic Rep. Susan Davis in San Diego, California. Murtaugh is 26.