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-CortezGOP women face steeper climb in Trump era Ocasio-Cortez rips into conservative journalist for calling her a bitch Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Trump Jr: Keep trolling, we have subpoena power next year MORE (N.Y.), the legal fights of California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCalifornia AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Scott, Becerra among Bloomberg's 50 most noteworthy in 2018 Target to pay .4M after probe found it illegally dumped hazardous waste in California MORE (D) and the legislative efforts of Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott: Stop giving court picks with 'questionable track records on race' a Senate vote Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Scott, Becerra among Bloomberg's 50 most noteworthy in 2018 This week: Lawmakers return to mourn George H.W. Bush 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 MulvaneyTrump pushes back on reports that Ayers was first pick for chief of staff Trump floating Mark Meadows for White House chief of staff: reports Pence aide Ayers will not be White House chief of staff MORE.