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-CortezOcasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' George Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump #IStandWithErica trends after Georgia Democratic lawmaker says she was told to 'go back where you came from' MORE (N.Y.), the legal fights of California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTrump drops bid to add citizenship question to 2020 census Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Appeals court appears skeptical of upholding ObamaCare mandate | Drug pricing deal faces GOP pushback | Trump officials look for plan B after court strikes drug TV ad rule Democratic group hits GOP attorneys general in six-figure ad campaign on ObamaCare MORE (D) and the legislative efforts of Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGraham: Every Republican president or nominee 'will be accused of being a racist' Sanford calls for 'overdue conversation' on debt as he mulls Trump challenge The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet 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 telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says Democrats shouldn't use debt ceiling as leverage MORE.