AOC awaits you at the altar.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is engaged to longtime boyfriend Riley Roberts, she confirmed on Twitter.
“It’s true! Thank you everyone for the get well wishes,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
The couple were engaged in Puerto Rico last month but haven’t set a date yet as they’re “taking some time to enjoy this time before jumping into the planning,” the congresswoman told Business Insider.
Rumors started circulating earlier in the day when Ocasio-Cortez was photographed by The Hill with an engagement ring.
The 32-year-old Queens Democrat is an outspoken member of the left-leaning cadre but has mostly kept details of their relationship private.
The two came from different corners of the country. Born in the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez moved with her parents to Yorktown in suburban Westchester County at a young age, where she attended public schools until graduating from high school in 2007. Ocasio-Cortez’s father was an architect, her mother was born in Puerto Rico cleaned houses.
Roberts grew up in an affluent area of Paradise Valley, Arizona, the son of a real estate agent.
The two reportedly met while attending Boston University, where Roberts was pursuing a double major in sociology and finance. Roberts moved back to Arizona shortly after graduating, but the couple rekindled their romance in New York a few years later.
The congresswoman, who has a degree in international relations and economics, told Vogue in 2018 that they met at a weekly chat hosted by the university’s dean “in a really nerdy way.”
Roberts, a 33-year-old web developer, helped his girlfriend collect signatures to put on the ballot box in her unlikely first run for Congress in 2018, when she unseated ten-term Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley as an insurgent candidate.
During the campaign, he received $6,000 in fundraisers from Brand New Congress, a PAC that supported her candidacy. The group was founded by Saikat Chakrabarti, who later served as the congressman’s chief of staff.
In August, an Instagram live feed asked AOC how to maintain a healthy relationship while being in the public eye. She turned to Roberts to reply.
“We spend mornings together, spend quality time together, browse TikTok together,” he said.
Ocasio-Cortez’s 8.5 million followers on Instagram have often caught a glimpse of Roberts on their feed. She also lobbied for her partner after the couple was criticized for eating without masks in Miami Beach while a COVID-19 mask mandate was still in effect in New York.
Steve Cortes, a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump, and other GOPers took issue with Roberts showing “his rough, pale manly feet in public” by wearing sandals. The politician called Republicans “creepy lunatics” for their “obsession with Riley’s feet.”
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