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-CortezOvernight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot Coast Guard lieutenant arrested, accused of planning domestic terrorism Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon MORE (N.Y.), the legal fights of California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCalifornia has sued the Trump administration 46 times. Here are the lawsuits Dem lawmaker: 'The president has it in for California' The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE (D) and the legislative efforts of Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Senate passes bill to make lynching a federal crime Partnerships paving the way to sustain and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities 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 MulvaneyOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Trump, Dems open drug price talks | FDA warns against infusing young people's blood | Facebook under scrutiny over health data | Harris says Medicare for all isn't socialism White House spokeswoman leaving to join PR firm Trump’s state of emergency declaration imperils defense budget MORE.