Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
32, New York — 14, D
One of the first female members of the Democratic Socialists of America to be elected to Congress who rejects funding from corporate PACs and is one of the co-sponsors of the Green New Deal. AOC continued to dominate news cycles in 2021 as she advocated for large social spending programs and fended of various attacks from colleagues on the far-right.
After working in Senator Ted Kennedy’s office, she transitioned to being a community organizer while working part-time as a waitress and bartender. The organization Brand New Congress recruited her to run for Congress after she was nominated by her brother as a possible progressive candidate.
Photo: Cornell Capa, JFK Library
37, Colorado — 2, D