Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez officially becomes the youngest woman elected to Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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New York democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress on Tuesday, at the age of 29. Ocasio-Cortez stunned the nation in June when she beat 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D) in New York's 14th Congressional District primary; she will represent parts of the Bronx and Queens.

"I am so thankful for every single person who contributed, amplified, and worked to establish this movement," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted before the polls closed. "Never forget the hard work it took to get us here. No matter what happens, this is what it takes."

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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at TheWeek.com. She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.