Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has had a wealth of firsts since her surprise victory in the 14th District of New York’s primary last summer.
Today marked yet another first as the Congresswoman presided over the House of Representatives, becoming the youngest woman in the nation’s history to do so.
Today I presided over the House floor for the first time.
Every day here is a sacred privilege + responsibility entrusted to me by my community. I never forget that, and moments like these drive it home.
Thank you to the people of NY14 + beyond. This House belongs to all of us. https://t.co/EPW5vP3lrP
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 10, 2019
All members of the majority party rotate to temporarily oversee the House during daily business. Ocasio-Cortez presided over the course of an hour during floor speeches at the end of daily business.
The rotation is customary, yet with self-described Democratic Socialist Ocasio-Cortez—whose election, to many, represented a turning point in the Democratic base from its trademark moderation—people made one similar comment:
That gavel looks great on you, AOC!
— PB&Elle ❤️ (@Noelleab79) May 10, 2019
You look good as Speaker of the House
— #UnapologeticallyBlack #WakandaForever (@dawnsaffron) May 10, 2019
People acted like proud parents.
And could easily imagine what the future may hold for AOC.
She’s gonna b President in the future….
— Giovanni Laboy (@giovannalaboy) May 10, 2019
Now let's make that a permanent spot for you, and soon!
Way to go!
— thegeebeebee (@leftygrove) May 10, 2019
Warming up her future seat.
— Jerry Adams (@JerryAdamsD) May 10, 2019