From College To Congress, Here’s What We Know About AOC’s Longtime Boyfriend
Whether you like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) or not, there’s one thing you cannot deny: her place in US government is historic. Since beating out the mighty 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in 2018, the 29-year-old has become the youngest woman to serve in Congress. Rocking gold hoop earrings, dancing around the Capitol building and refusing to stay quiet about the issues that are important to her, the young Bronx Boricua has brought an unapologetic Latina presence to the House that is new and refreshing.
With so much excitement around AOC, people want to know as much as they can about the rising politician — including her love life. Since conservatives wrongfully accused the freshman of hiring her partner Riley Roberts as a congressional staffer, a claim she quickly stated was untrue, people have been curious about the man behind the name. While Ocasio-Cortez has rightfully not disclosed much about Roberts, there are a few things we know about her redheaded beau.
Here, everything we know about the man that makes our girl AOC’s heart go pitter-patter.
They met in college.
According to a Vogue profile on Ocasio-Cortez from October, the pair met when they were students at Boston University, where the congressional freshman graduated in 2011 with a degree in economics. Heavy reports that Riley, who once did a TEDxBU talk titled “To Epiphany & Beyond,” received a dual-degree in sociology and finance. Ocasio-Cortez said they met “in true nerdy fashion” at a Friday conversation hosted by the dean of students at BU. But things did get serious. After graduation, AOC’s Boyfriend, who is from Arizona, moved to New York to be with Ocasio-Cortez. Together, they lived in a one-bedroom apartment in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx.
AOC’s Boyfriend works in tech.
Despite conservatives’ assertions, AOC’s Boyfriend does not work for AOC. He’s actually the head of marketing at HomeBinder.com, according to LinkedIn. The company helps people manage the maintenance on their homes. When he’s not working his full-time gig, he offers consultations to help tech startups grow revenue using marketing and development. His bio reads in part, “In the last 6 years, I’ve helped over 60 startups like yours improve their landing pages, digital marketing, and user experience design. Since 2013, I’ve focused my consulting efforts on subscription startups, because it’s where I’ve found I can deliver the highest value results for my clients.”
He’s very supportive.
When AOC was an unknown candidate in the primaries, Roberts was putting in the work to support his girl on the campaign trail. AOC’s Boyfriend took to the streets to collect signatures to put her on the ballot and also recorded her trip to the Board of Elections to hand them in. According to the New York Post, he has provided $1,750 work of “in-kind contributions” for her campaign website. He remains supportive now that AOC is in the spotlight. When the congresswoman had her historic swearing-in back in January, Roberts was standing alongside AOC’s siblings with a giant grin. He told the Post of the ceremony: “A really incredible day, really special.”
Their families love each other.
In media interviews, both AOC’s mom and Robert’s mom shared that they were excited about their children’s significant others — and really wanted them to get married already. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Blanca Ocasio-Cortez said: “I love him. He is the most loving, supporting person I’ve seen. He helped her tremendously during the election. They’ve been together for four years now, after they reconnected from a college breakup. I know they love children, and they do very well with children from the family. Then, sounding like all of our mamis, she added, “I hope they get married soon, although they haven’t told me anything about their plans.” As for Roberts’ mom Constance, she gifted AOC the pearl-drop necklace she wore on the campaign trail and told the Post an engagement is “everything grandmothers want to have.”
AOC is pretty private about the relationship.
While the world speculates about AOC’s boyfriend, the pair is rather low-key about their relationship. He appeared in the background of one photo on Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram and she once mentioned her “boyfriend” in a Tweet about how media were trying to pay his family for stories about her. Gah! That is reason alone to keep their romance under wraps.
She has no problem roasting him.
“The Internet roasted Riley into getting a haircut/glowup after #KnockDownTheHouse,” AOC captioned in her Instagram story where she proudly showed off Roberts’ new look. In his shy fashion, AOC’s Boyfriend blushes and tells AOC to stop filming. We wouldn’t expect anything less than a lovable troll from AOC. Que viva el amor.
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