Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is well-known and popularlly called “Sandy Cortez”, who is an American politician.
Sandy Cortez is commonly known by her initials AOC. She has been a member of the Democratic Party’s congressional delegation representing New York’s 14th congressional district since 2019.
She attracted global attention after she won the Democratic Party’s primary election for New York’s 14th congressional district on June 26, 2018.
She stunned Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in what was widely regarded as the election’s biggest upset victory.
The politician comfortably defeated Republican Anthony Pappas in the general election in November. In the 2020 election, she beat John Cummings to win re-election.
Sandy Cortez was born on October 13, 1989, into a Catholic family in the Bronx, New York City. She lived with her family in an apartment in Parkchester, the Bronx, till she was five years old when the family relocated to suburban Yorktown Heights.
The early disparity in educational options available to her and her siblings based on their separate zip codes had an impression on her when she was a child.
Sandy graduated from Yorktown High School in 2007. Sandy Ocasio-Cortez was known as “Sandy Ocasio” in high school and college. She attended Boston University after finishing high school.
Unfortunately, during her second year, her father died of lung cancer, and Ocasio-Cortez became engaged in a protracted legal struggle to settle his estate.
She claims the incident taught her “firsthand how attorneys chosen by the court to handle an estate can profit themselves at the expense of families trying to make sense of the bureaucracy.”
Sandy Cortez is originally from the Bronx, New York, the United States, where she was born and holds American nationality.
Likewise, she is also a Roman Catholic, and in an article for America, the magazine of the Jesuit order in the United States, she discussed her Catholic religion and how it has influenced her life and her battle for criminal justice reform.
Sandy Cortez’s parents are Blanca Ocasio-Cortez (mother) and Sergio Ocasio-Roman (father). Her father is a Puerto Rican architect who was born in the Bronx into a Puerto Rican household. Her mother grew up in Puerto Rico and worked as a domestic helper throughout her childhood.
Cortez’s father was a Bronx native who managed a modest business. Representative Ocasio-Cortez spent a lot of time with her extended family in the Bronx when she was younger.