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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says she’s engaged to a longtime partner

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Thursday she was engaged to her longtime partner Riley Roberts, a marketing professional she met more than a decade ago when they were college students. from Boston.

The couple got engaged last month in her family’s hometown of Puerto Rico, the Democratic congresswoman confirmed to Insider and later on social media. Roberts had appeared in a 2018 political documentary in which he spoke about his support for Ocasio-Cortez’s career.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Bronx-born former bartender who represents Queens, was the charismatic star of the “team” of progressive congresswomen whose election in 2018 helped return the chamber to Democratic control.

A self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, the 32-year-old upset powerful Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley in that year’s primary and easily prevailed in 2020 over opponents including former CNBC broadcaster Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

Alongside U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez tried to steer the Democratic Party where it had long feared it would tread: high taxes on the wealthy. Abolition of an immigration enforcement agency. Propose an “economic transformation” to fight against climate change.

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez recently voiced their support for organizers leading the successful labor campaign at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York. She also supports a bill banning stock trading by members of Congress and their families.

Last November, the House voted to censure Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona for posting an animated video showing him slaying Ocasio-Cortez with a sword, an extraordinary rebuke that highlighted the political tensions that are testing Washington and the country.

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