Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents the “future of our party” on Tuesday. 

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"I have three kids. Two of them are daughters — one just graduated college, one who is in college. And they were both texting me about their excitement over Alexandria because she really — she represents the future of our party," Perez said on "The Bill Press Show."

Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed democratic socialist and organizer with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, rose to fame after defeating incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D) in a stunning primary upset last week. 

Crowley was the No. 4 House Democrat and seen as a potential Speaker.

Perez on Tuesday added that he had "great respect" for Crowley, calling him a “good Democrat” who “fought the good fight."

Ocasio-Cortez ran on a progressive platform that included calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).