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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Making Headlines Despite No Political Experience

Updated on November 7, 2018
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Kerri has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business with a Criminal Justice Concentration. She is a proud Conservative.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A Latina of Puerto Rican descent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a New York Democrat who won the general election on November 6, 2018. The news reports that Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to be elected into Congress.

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"At age 29, she's now the youngest woman to be elected to Congress. No woman has ever been elected to Congress in her 20's."

— Politico.com

If the news headline's about Ocasio-Cortez read, "At age 29, she's now the youngest person to be elected to Congress," that would be a completely false statement.

Throughout history, there have been 4 politicians elected into Senate before the age of 30. There have been at least 124 politicians elected into the House of Representatives before the age of 30.







"Minimum ages are written into Article One of the United States Constitution, which bars a person under the age of 25 from serving in the House and persons under the age of 30 from serving in the Senate."

— Wikipedia

I cannot find any information to disprove the fact that John Jordan Crittenden was the youngest person to join the House of Representatives at the age of 24 (Kentucky, 1817). John Henry Eaton was the youngest person to join the Senate at the age of 28 (Tennessee, 1821). He was also a member of the House of Representatives at the age of 25.


These two people deserve recognition for becoming Congressional members to hold "first" titles, not to mention their lengthly list of other accomplishments in United States government and poltiics.

Congressional Gender

Since the establishment of the Senate in 1789, there have been 52 female members.

1922: Rebecca Latimer Felton became the first female Senator. Felton served for a period of one day, and her entrance into the Senate was only due to the death of her husband.

1932: Hattie Caraway became the first woman elected into the Senate.

1949: Margaret Chase Smith became a member of the Senate, and thus became the first women to serve in both the House and Senate.

1978: Nancy Kassebaum became the first woman without a spousal member of Congress ever be elected to a full-term in the Senate.


These people deserve recognition for considering and proving themselves capable and equal. They do not deserve praise because of their gender.

Political Experience

Of all the men and women I have mentioned in this article, the only person without any political or governmental experience is the main subject herself, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

This brings me to my main point. Why does her age, gender, or ethnicity matter at all? Why does her lack of experience seem to not matter? How is the United States--specifically, New York, okay with this? I guess we'll find out soon enough.

© 2018 Kerri Rowland

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    • deeplypoetic profile imageAUTHOR

      Kerri Rowland 

      7 days ago from Jackson, TN

      I mean, we all have wants. The only way to ensure achievement is to debate only in a face-to-face environment where ID checks are required.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      8 days ago from now on

      Thank you Kerri for telling it like it is but now that you have challenged Randy he will want proof of who you are because he doesn't reply to anonymous hubbers who embarrass him.

    • deeplypoetic profile imageAUTHOR

      Kerri Rowland 

      8 days ago from Jackson, TN

      Randy,

      This is a Capitalist country. The fact that you don't see how business and Capitalism go hand-in-hand, and therefore, how President Trump's experience is far more important than a political background, is a bit scary to me...

    • deeplypoetic profile imageAUTHOR

      Kerri Rowland 

      8 days ago from Jackson, TN

      I agree.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      10 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      That was fantastic. What I liked more was him saying, more than once, what a racist question that one woman had asked him. Far too often people fail to call racism because the person is black.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      10 days ago from now on

      Did you see him wipe the floor with Acosta? Who needs googly eyes when you can do that!

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      10 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      And those googly eyes, Trump ain't got those, man.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      10 days ago from now on

      Yeah, that’s a reasonable comparison. A 29 year old unaccomplished woman and a 70 + successful billionaire businessman with decades of experience successfully dealing with business people, politicians, regulators, bureaucracies, etc. Randy you are a joke! Politics doesn’t qualify you for anything in comparison.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      10 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Hey, like I said, Randy, those googly eyes turn my crank a bit. I just wonder if her cooking skills are up to par.

    • Randy Godwin profile image

      Randy Godwin 

      10 days ago from Southern Georgia

      I'm shocked you guys don't seem to like her! LOL! Trump has absolutely no political experience himself, so does this come into your thoughts about qualifications for office? Of course not.... :P

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      10 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      The great thing about Mike Pence, besides his complete and total decency, is his faith which forms it all.

      Remember how they went after him for saying he didn't like being alone with women? He always wanted his wife with him when dealing with women.

      Then the #MeToo thing hit the ground like a case of someone having ate something spoiled, and there's Mike, looking perfectly brilliant.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      10 days ago from now on

      Sorry, I misspoke earlier. Pelosi doesn’t talk to dead people, she hears dead peoples’ voices.

      The hosts of ABC’s “The View” said that Christians like Vice President Mike Pence have “mental illness” if they think Jesus talks to them – but, do they feel the same way about Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) repeated claims she’s heard dead peoples’ voices?

      The liberal media looked the other way when video surfaced of Democrat Pelosi describing her encounter with ghosts back in August of 2012. An Aug. 12, 2012 CNSNews.com story recounts Pelosi’s claim she not only heard – but also felt – dead women sitting in a chair with her:

      In the video Pelosi says, “He’s (Bush) saying something to the effect of we’re so glad to welcome you here, congratulations and I know you’ll probably have some different things to say about what is going on--which is correct. But, as he was saying this, he was fading and this other thing was happening to me."

      “My chair was getting crowded in," said Pelosi. "I swear this happened, never happened before, it never happened since."

      "My chair was getting crowded in and I couldn’t figure out what it was, it was like this," she said.

      "And then I realized Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, you name it, they were all in that chair, they were," said Pelosi.

      "More than I named and I could hear them say: 'At last we have a seat at the table.' And then they were gone."

      At the time, Pelosi was merely repeating the ghostly claim she had made two months earlier:

      “This was not the only time Pelosi has told this story. On June 6 of this year she told it during an event celebrating her 25 years of political service.”

      https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/craig-bannister...

      Pelosi, the chosen leader of Democrats - were she a Republican the 2012 video would have had the media demanding she resign because if mental illness!

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      10 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Those googly eyes turn me on a bit. Send her back to the kitchen.

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      Readmikenow 

      10 days ago

      She ran a rather spirited unopposed campaign. I'm surprised she didn't debate herself. I could see her do this and not know she was doing anything wrong. Good luck to Democrats hanging their hopes for the future with her.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      11 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Having any sort of ability or decency matters less to Democrats than someone being not a straight white male.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      11 days ago from now on

      Headed for stardom in the Democratic Party, she'll join the ranks of Pelosi who talks to dead people (just google it), Wasserman-Shultz known for lying about lying (just google it), Hiliary known for, well you name it, Elizabeth Warren (1000th Indian), Feinstein the sham artist who will be 91 years old when she finishes her next term.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      11 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      When asked how medicare for all would be paid for, she said, 'you just pay for it.'

      Such diplomatic brilliance will take her very very far. By 'very very far,' I mean she will be a gold mine of comedy for decades to come.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      11 days ago from now on

      It seems the reporter is as dumb as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

      Well that’s no surprise!

      And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must be smarter than her constituents who voted for her which says a whole lot about the IQ of those New Yorkers.

      Well that’s no surprise!

      But hey, the Democrats need another brainless female mouth to take the place of Maxine Waters now that she gets promoted to chair a committee.

      Democrats: A party of inmates running the asylum.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      11 days ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I guess if an inability to do basic math, and a failure to understand or even recognize the history of socialism is considered a virtue, then she's great!

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