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I'm of the opinion that AOC is not going to be tainted by the system.
Part of the district she represents is the Bronx, which is THE most Democratic district in the country (Cook partisan voting rating of D=45). Interestingly, her district also included Queens, where Donald Trump grew up. She defeated a long term Democratic congressman named Joe Crowley (who happened to be the Democratic caucus chair) in the primary, and easily defeated her Republican opponent. She spent $194,000 on her campaign, significantly less than Crowley's $3.4 million.
She graduated with a degree in Economics from Boston University in 2011, and graduated cum laude.
When she was in high school, she took 2nd place in a science contest, and got an asteroid named after her.
While she was in college, she served as an intern in the immigration office of Ted Kennedy's last year in office.
When her father died intestate in 2008, she became involved in a long probate battle to settle his estate. She has said that the experience helped her learn "firsthand how attorneys appointed by the court to administer an estate can enrich themselves at the expense of the families struggling to make sense of the bureaucracy". Her experience handling her father's estate clearly shaped her recent speech in Congress.
n the 2016 primary, Ocasio-Cortez worked as an organizer for Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign. After the general election, she traveled across America by car, visiting places such as Flint, Michigan, and Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, and speaking to people affected by the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline. In an interview, she recalled her visit to Standing Rock as a tipping point, saying that before that, she had believed that the only way to effectively run for office was if you had access to wealth, social influence, and power. But her visit to North Dakota, where she saw others "putting their whole lives and everything that they had on the line for the protection of their community", inspired her to begin to work for her own community.
Due to the fact that she has more Twitter followers than Nancy Pelosi, she got appointed to the Committee on Financial Services and the Oversight Committee. To put it bluntly, she is going to continue to "bust some balls" every chance she gets.