Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s mother Blanca Ocasio-Cortez is the most influential figure in AOC’s life as per the congresswoman’s own words. Blanca was a single mother who raised the congresswoman all on her own.
Alexandria became the youngest woman ever to be elected into Congress and she has attributed most of her success towards her mother who worked odd jobs to support her daughter. Learn more about the mother behind the youngest congresswoman in history.
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What can I possibly say except thank you? So many people sacrificed so much for this to happen – my mother most of all. . My mamá was born + raised in Puerto Rico. She practically raised her siblings in poverty while her own mother worked nonstop to provide food and shelter. She met my father, a Bronx boy visiting isla family, at a young age. They married + moved to NYC – she didn’t even speak English. My parents started from scratch: new languages, new life, new everything. Then came me, and they moved to start over again so I could have an education. Mami mopped floors, drove school buses, + answered phones. She did whatever she needed to do, for me. When my father died, she was left a single mother of 2, and again she had to start over. After he passed we almost lost our home, so we sold it and started over. & over. & over. . It wasn’t long ago that we felt our lives were over; that there were only so many do-overs until it was just too late, or too much to take, or we were too spiritually spent. I was scrubbing tables + scooping candle wax after restaurant shifts & falling asleep on the subway ride home. I once got pickpocketed, & everything I earned that day was stolen. That day I locked myself in a room and cried deep: I had nothing left to give, or to be. And that’s when I started over. I honestly thought as a 28 year old waitress I was too late; that the train of my fulfilled potential had left the station. . This week I was sworn in as the youngest woman in American history to serve in the United States Congress. I hope that record is broken again soon. As I raised my hand for the oath, my mother held the holy book & looked into @SpeakerPelosi’s eyes. Afterwards, the Speaker said to her “you must be so proud,” and my mother began to cry. . It was not long ago that our family’s hope was so dim it was barely an ember. Darkness taught me transformation cannot solely be an individual pursuit,but also a community trust. We must lean on others to strive on our own. . Thank you all. Whether it was late nights, hard days, pocket change, emotional investment, hard & soft skills, door knocking in the heat or petitioning in the bitter cold – we did this together.
10 Facts About Blanca Ocasio-Cortez
- Blanca Ocasio-Cortez’s age as per many estimates is in the 50 to 60-year-old range.
- She was born in Puerto Rico and met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s father Sergio when he was vacationing in the country. He is a citizen of the US, born in the Bronx, and had relatives in Puerto Rico.
- Blanca and Sergio fell in love and tied the knot eventually moving to New York. There she and her husband lived in a poor neighborhood of the Bronx. Blanca did not speak a word of English when she came to New York.
- It was not until AOC was 5 years old when the family moved to a two-bedroom house.
- Her father passed away when the congresswoman was 19 years old and studying at Boston University. He fought a long battle with cancer but lost and her mother’s married life ended. Around 10 years later, she was elected into the House of representatives making history as she did.
- As her father did not have a will, Alexandria and her mom Blanca Ocasio-Cortez had to go to court to claim their Westchester home.
- They sold it at a profit and it helped with their financial struggles.
- Blanca worked as a bus driver and janitor among other odd jobs to pay the bills, right from when her daughter was 5 years old.
- She also supported her daughter’s dream of becoming a politician.
- In fact, she loved that her daughter was passionate about politics and nobody could shut her up.