Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLouisiana Democrat running for US Senate smokes marijuana in campaign ad Lawmakers coming under increased threats — sometimes from one another Maryland Democrat announces positive COVID-19 test MORE (D-N.Y.), in an interview published by Vanity Fair Wednesday, discussed the possibility of her political career extending beyond the House, saying “I don’t see myself really staying where I’m at for the rest of my life.”

“I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like,” she told Vanity Fair. “I don’t see myself really staying where I’m at for the rest of my life.” 

However, she added that she does not “want to aspire to a quote-unquote higher position just for the sake of that title or just for the sake of having a different or higher position.” 


“I truly make an assessment to see if I can be more effective,” the first-term lawmaker continued. “And so, you know, I don’t know if I could necessarily be more effective in an administration, but, for me, that’s always what the question comes down to.” 

Ocasio-Cortez, who first entered Congress in 2019 after unseating longtime incumbent Joseph Crowley, has been thought to be a potential future primary opponent for Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire MORE (D-N.Y.) in 2022 or Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandFormer aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India Schumer vows to push forward with filibuster change: 'The fight is not over' Defense bill sets up next fight over military justice  MORE (D-N.Y.) in 2024

The New York congresswoman’s alignment with other prominent progressives, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersShame on Biden for his Atlanta remarks — but are we surprised? Overnight Health Care — Biden faces pressure from Democrats on COVID-19 Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE (I-Vt.), could also land her support among the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party in a presidential bid, although Ocasio-Cortez would not meet the constitutional age requirement of 35 until November 2024.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE has commented on the possibility of Ocasio-Cortez unseating Schumer, writing in a June tweet “that would be a big improvement- and she would win!” 

However, Trump has taken aim at Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive members of Congress, repeatedly claiming that Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE is being steered by the more liberal party members. 


In May, the Biden campaign brought the congresswoman on to serve as co-chairwoman of the Biden-Sanders joint task force to advise the Biden campaign on climate change policy. 

Ocasio-Cortez had backed Sanders during his 2020 presidential campaign.

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez said that before battling over specific policy proposals, Democrats and young voters have to prioritize helping Biden win the presidential election, saying it will be a “luxury” to be able to lobby a Democratic administration.

However, when asked if Sanders should be offered a cabinet position if Biden wins, Ocasio-Cortez said it will be “critically important that the Biden administration appoint progressive leaders.”