Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Scott, Becerra among Bloomberg's 50 most noteworthy in 2018

Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday highlighted the rise of Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Mueller report poses new test for Dems Environmentalists see victory with Green New Deal blitz MORE (N.Y.), the legal fights of California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTrump is right: Healthcare should be handled by the states California attorney general calls for unauthorized immigration to be decriminalized Pelosi announces lawsuit to block Trump's emergency declaration MORE (D) and the legislative efforts of Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators dismiss Booker reparations proposal On The Money — Presented by Job Creators Network — GOP senators urge Trump not to nominate Cain | Treasury expected to miss Dem deadline on Trump tax returns | Party divisions force Dems to scrap budget vote | House passes IRS reform bill GOP senators urge Trump not to pick Cain for Fed MORE (R-S.C.) in its list of the 50 most noteworthy people in politics, business and entertainment for 2018.

The publication highlighted Ocasio-Cortez's victory over Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in a Democratic primary, calling it a "bellwether" for the wave of female lawmakers elected to Congress in last month's midterm elections.


Ocasio-Cortez, a self-identified democratic socialist, has become a national political figure in the months since her upset victory over Crowley. She is the youngest woman elected to Congress.

Bloomberg also credited Scott, the GOP senator from South Carolina, with including language codifying "opportunity zones" in last year's GOP tax-cut bill. The zones provide tax relief to investors who develop projects in low-income areas and spaces where economic recovery has been slower than the rest of the country.

"Never thought I'd be on a list with @taylorswift13 and the K-Pop band @SuperStarBTStwt, but here I am," Scott tweeted following the release of the list.

Becerra, a former Democratic congressman from California, garnered recognition from the news outlet for filing nearly three dozen lawsuits against the Trump administration in 2018 alone, including over its attempt to add a citizenship question to the Census, its policy that led to the separation of hundreds of migrant families and its environmental policies.

Other political players included on the Bloomberg list are Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, the leaders of the Federal Reserve, and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday Trump ditches one-on-one meetings with vice president: report MORE.