Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has just set another record in the House.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefly replaced on Friday by Ocasio-Cortez, who sat in the speaker’s chair to preside over “special orders” on Friday. This makes her the youngest congresswoman to preside over the House of Representatives.
No, Pelosi has not been ousted from her role as leader, at least not yet.
Ocasio-Cortez taking the chair is actually more about tradition than anything else.
As the majority party, different House members take the Speaker’s chair on a rotating basis to preside over the House.
While Ocasio-Cortez only spent about an hour in the chair, she did manage to mess up.
“Special Orders” consists of calling on House members to give short speeches at the end of the day’s legislative business.
While Ocasio-Cortez had the gavel, she confused the representative from Ohio with the representative from Illinois.
Ocasio-Cortez stated, “For what purpose does the gentleman from Ohio – um, from Illinois, excuse me, seek recognition?”
She stated later, “That was my first time presiding. And it’s exciting.
“I wish we could, I wish we were allowed to take photos,” she added.
That is a pretty typical response from the young congresswoman, as she seems more interested in her social media success these days than the actual success of the country.