Known League of Legends fan Alexandria ‘AOC’ Ocasio-Cortez showed off her latest ladder rank, and proved just because you're a member of Congress, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a gamer too.
AOC serves as U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district, but she also moonlights as a League of Legends player.
Being a politician probably doesn’t allow as much time for LoL as AOC would like, but she does seem to be making progress after picking the game back up again in 2018.
“Dusting off my League account, which hasn’t been touched since the campaign started, Bronze V, here we come,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in October 2018.
Current status: dusting off my League account, which hasn’t been touched since the campaign started ??
Bronze V, here we come
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 14, 2018
Where is AOC ranked now?
On November 14, AOC shared a snap that showed she has been dutifully climbing the ladder from Bronze V all the way up to Silver IV, not too bad for someone who’s day job is helping to run the country.
The news of her updated rank prompted a lot of enthusiastic AOC stans to offer their services in ladder matches, but also started speculation on which character the representative prefers to play.
I finally made it to Silver?? https://t.co/nN5s1HENDv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 13, 2019
So, who does AOC main?
Ocasio-Cortez has stated previously she prefers Morgana, Lux and Miss Fortune, and was working on becoming comfortable with Anivia back in 2018.
A lot of people thought AOC’s previous League announcement was nothing more than pandering to gamers, but it seems she’s stuck with it to move into Silver just before the end of Season 9.
It will be interesting to see whether or not AOC sticks with the LoL grind, and how far she can make it during Season 10, as of now though, she’s definitely the highest-ranked LoL-playing member of congress (that we know of at least).
AOC: fighting for gamer's rights?
Ocasio-Cortez was one of the members of Congress to sign a letter condemning Blizzard’s treatment of Blitzchung after the Hearthstone pro showed support to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
The bipartisan letter from AOC and several other politicians blasted Blizzard for apparently putting profits in the Chinese market above freedom of speech.
She definitely has plenty of offers for support in her LoL career going forward, so it will be interesting to see where AOC ends up next season.