About Our Campaign

Meet Alexandria

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is fighting for a U.S. that works for all of us, not just a wealthy few.

Early Life

Alexandria was born in the Bronx to working-class parents. Her father was a small business owner from the South Bronx. Her mother was born in Puerto Rico—growing up around a large family near Arecibo. Her mother cleaned homes, and everyone pitched in on the family business.


From an early age, Alexandria grew up with a deep understanding of income inequality. The state of Bronx public schools in the late 80s and early 90s sent her parents on a search for a solution. She ended up attending public school in Yorktown—40 minutes north of her birthplace. As a result, much of her early life was spent in transit between her tight-knit extended family in the Bronx and her daily student life. It was clear to her, even then, that the zip code a child was born in determined much of their destiny.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a baby with her father
Photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez looking to the right
“My aunt and my uncle were just talking last Christmas about how they literally heard Malcolm X evangelizing on street corners. That is the institutional memory of my family and multigenerational New York families. It’s actually kind of a rarity, and the reason it’s a rarity is because of the changes that the city has gone through. This city is becoming too inaccessible and too unaffordable for normal people to live in anymore. My family is three generations deep in The Bronx, and my own mother can’t afford to live in the same city, in the same state as me anymore, because it’s gotten too expensive.”

What We’ve Achieved

As your Representative in Congress, Alexandria has:

Served over 1,000 NY-14 constituents.

Since taking office, Alexandria and her congressional team have helped over 1,000 constituents with Veterans Affairs, Social Security, immigration visas, and other federal services. They have also attended over 600 district events and hosted 25 town halls. Additionally, during her first term in office, NY-14 received $4.3 billion in federal funding for education, small business support, healthcare, affordable housing, retirement security, fighting opioid addiction, and transportation.

Passed 78 pieces of legislation through the House, 14 of which became law.

Alexandria’s successfully shifted $5 million in funds to treatment for opioid addiction from the DEA; banned funds for the transfer of lethal military equipment to Bolivia; and repealed the Faircloth Amendment in the House, which paves the way for the U.S. to build more public housing for the first time in decades. Additionally, alongside Senator Bernie Sanders, Alexandria introduced the Loan Shark Prevention Act to cap credit card interest rates at 15%.

Introduced the Green New Deal Resolution and the Green New Deal for Public Housing.

The Green New Deal resolution is a comprehensive strategy for fighting climate change. Specifically, the plan would create millions of union jobs by dramatically investing in and strengthening public infrastructure. The resolution, co-lead by Senator Ed Markey, secured 115 House and Senate co-sponsors.

With Senator Bernie Sanders, Alexandria also unveiled the Green New Deal for Public Housing, which would dramatically improve and expand affordable housing and create up to a quarter million jobs per year nationwide.

Regional versions of the GND have been adopted by ten local governments, including the state of New Mexico and the cities of Austin, Los Angeles, NYC, Boston, and more. The influence of the Green New Deal was also felt in President Biden’s Climate Unity Task Force, which Alexandria co-chaired with Secretary John Kerry.

Authored the Just Society suite of bills.

This package of legislation would modernize the federal poverty standard, make immigrants eligible for social safety net programs, require federal contractors to pay $15/hour, strengthen tenant protections, and ease reentry for formerly incarcerated citizens.

Delivered real results in Committee hearings.

As a result of Alexandria’s lines of questioning in the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Oversight and Reform, she has directly helped: pressure Big Pharma into bringing down the price of PrEP to prevent HIV transmission; expose TransDigm, a defense contractor, into returning $16.1 million in price-gouged profits to the public; pressure Facebook on fact-checking political advertising and expose Mark Zuckerberg’s dinner parties with radical right-wing figures; to get President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen to state on the record that President Trump was engaging in tax fraud and to name other potential witnesses; and overturned the unjust citizenship question on the Census.

Fought for Funding and Self-Determination for Puerto Rico.

Alexandria secured $10 million in funds to clean up toxic bombardment sites in Vieques and traveled to the Island to lobby for more federal funding for Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. Along with Rep. Nydia Velazquez, she also introduced the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2020. This legislation would prompt Puerto Rico’s legislature to create a Status Convention, whose delegates would be elected by Puerto Rican voters, that would develop a long-term solution for Puerto Rico’s status: be that statehood, independence, free association or any option other than the current territorial arrangement.

Fought for immigrant families.

When the first COVID package left out the undocumented community, Alexandria voted against it. Subsequently, thanks to pressure applied by Alexandria and the Hispanic Caucus, the next bill removed the penalty applied to spouses and children of undocumented people. During the Trump era, Alexandria repeatedly used her platform to call for an end to the “Muslim Ban”, family separation, and other cruel policies - traveling to the border in order to expose the devastating conditions inside detention facilities.

Organized a robust, multilingual Census outreach to bring back up to $60M to NY-14.

Alexandria’s campaign committed a total of $1 million to Census outreach in NY-14, which included a large digital outreach campaign targeted in Spanish, English and Bangla to undercounted communities in NY-14. Alexandria’s field team organized grassroots efforts like phone banks, lit drops and tabling events to remind people to complete the Census. Our efforts encouraged 3,900 people to fill out the 2020 Census -- that amounts to up to $59.6 million dollars in federal funding for our community.

Mobilized a full COVID-19 relief effort and raised over $1.25M for local mutual aid groups.

When NY-14 became the epicenter of the pandemic, Alexandria and her campaign organizers made 200,000 community check in calls; distributed 80,000 meals and 100,000 masks to teachers, small businesses, essential workers, and families in need. Her campaign also raised $1.25 million for local organizations and charities doing COVID-19 relief. As COVID rates spiked again in the autumn and NYC schools closed, Team AOC organized and launched a Homework Helpers program that has recruited over 11,000 tutors to offer 1-on-1 help for kids in remote learning.

Empowered our community through organizing workshops.

The campaign also hosted 8 training sessions to teach over 10,000 people how to unionize their workplaces, form mutual aid networks and childcare collectives, and more during the pandemic.

Raised over $2M to help win Georgia and progressive races across the country.

After the general election, Alexandria raised over $1 million for grassroots organizations in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections -- including The New Georgia Project, Fair Fight Action, and Mijente -- and raised more than $1.5 million for progressives and swing-district Democrat election races across the country.

Continued the movement to bring social, racial, and economic justice to all in NY-14.

In her own re-election race, Alexandria fended off over $10 million in corporate-backed attacks without taking a single cent from fossil fuel executives or corporate lobbyists, and went on to win re-election with nearly 72% of the vote in the highest-turnout election in NY-14’s modern history.

FAQ

How does your Congresswoman serve you?

When you elect a Congressperson, you are choosing someone to represent you in the federal government. This means that your Congressperson can help you when you need assistance with a federal matter, such as: Social Security; Immigration; the U.S. Postal Service; Veterans Affairs; the Bureau of Federal Prison; and Public Housing. Your Congressperson can also be so much more. From internship and grant opportunities to art and app competitions, your Congressperson can connect you and the community to resources that only our federal government can provide.

What is Democratic Socialism?

In a moral and wealthy America, no person should ever be too poor to live. Democratic Socialism is not about government takeover; it’s about workers having a decent amount of the wealth they are creating. It’s about how much of a say workers have in the operations of the businesses they sustain. It’s about dignity. Democratic Socialism means being willing to compromise only in order to live in a society that does not fail people’s most basic needs to live.

What is your average campaign contribution?

It fluctuates from time to time, but the average contribution is roughly $16.81.