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

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBernie Sanders has been most-followed member of Congress on social media for six years Meghan McCain responds to Katie Couric: 'I don't need to be deprogrammed' Skepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era 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.


The 29-year-old Democratic socialist stunned the political world with a primary upset against longtime Democrat Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyBottom line Biden's gain is Democratic baseball's loss with Cedric Richmond Business groups breathe sigh of relief over prospect of divided government 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 PelosiEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats 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.