Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, has defied long-standing expectations about how young women, and especially women of color, behave in the corridors of power.
In the year since her arrival on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez has done a great deal from convincing every major 2020 presidential candidate to support her Green New Deal, to raising more money than any other House Democrat, including Pelosi.
With such fierce ideals and an inviting persona, AOC has built warm relationships with colleagues who share her vision and passion. She spread across the country the so-called “AOC effect”, from which progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders has also been infected.
AOC, who has a playful repartee on social media, mixing the personal with the political, was asked on Tuesday, in her instagram stories, if she had regular 1:1s with Sen. Bernie Sanders. To which she responded with a huge smile on her face “I talk to Bernie on the phone a decent amount, not just because we are colleagues but he is legitimately my friend and makes me happy”.