Ocasio-Cortez on why young people need to run for Congress

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall Ocasio-Cortez plans visit to Kentucky despite being disinvited by GOP colleague Overnight Energy: Flint residents can sue EPA over water crisis | Environmentalists see victory with Green New Deal blitz | March global temperatures were second hottest on record | EPA told to make final decision on controversial pesticide MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling for more young people to run for Congress, saying it’s key for the body to “represent the American people."

“Congress is supposed to represent the American people. One of the largest electorates right now are millennials and young people,” Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to be elected to Congress, said in a new interview with Elle.

“Frankly, if we're not in the halls of Congress, then Congress isn't working, which is why we need way more young people in office,” she added.

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The 29-year-old Democratic socialist stunned the political world with a primary upset against longtime Democrat Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez responds to Trump calling her a 'young bartender': The 'last guy who underestimated me lost' Progressives hammer DCCC over blacklist targeting primary challenges Beto could give Biden and Bernie a run for their money MORE (N.Y.), shooting to nationwide stardom.

She has already made headlines with her calls for a Green New Deal, joining activists to protest outside House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars MORE’s (D-Calif.) office.

Ocasio-Cortez has vowed to champion a number of progressive issues, and has called for increased pay for House interns and staffers. She confirmed this week that she will pay her interns at least $15 an hours.

Her social media savvy has also attracted the attention of young people nationwide — the incoming lawmaker has been using her Instagram and Twitter to offer a “behind-the-scenes” look at her first days on the Hill.