WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - On Tuesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
She is just 29 years old, and will represent New York's 14th congressional district in the House of Representatives.
A Bronx native, she was a waitress when she challenged 10-term incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in the primary election. Crowley hadn't been challenged for his seat in 14 years.
Prior to that, Ocasio-Cortez earned degrees in economics and international relations and worked in the office of Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, ABC News reports. She also worked as a community organizer and for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. She worked in restaurants, too, after her father died in 2008 and the recession hit.
That's what she was doing at the beginning of 2018. And, as the year comes to a close, she's preparing to start her term as a Congresswoman. But there are a few kinks to work out.
"I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress," she told the New York Times. "So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
She told the Times she saved up some money before leaving her restaurant job and that she and her partner are working out the details.
“We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January," she said.
According to the financial technology company SmartAsset, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in D.C. is $1,966 per month. For a two bedroom, $2,766.
As a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez will earn $174,000 a year.