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Who’s the Best AOC in Washington?

It's been a good run, Architect of the Capitol.

For the last 152 years, AOC has meant one thing in Washington: Architect of the Capitol. It’s been a good run, but these days those letters instantly bring to mind a certain new star of the Democratic Party, not a semi-obscure government office. So what’s the difference?

Architect of the Capitol


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Responsible for federal buildings on Capitol Hill; overhauling the Cannon House Office Building

Claim to fame

Youngest-ever female member of Congress; pushing to overhaul tax rates on highest earners
Maintaining government institutions


Challenging government conventions
The all-white domed-building look

Favored aesthetic

The all-white pantsuit look
288 feet (to the top of the Capitol dome’s Statue of Freedom)


Five foot four
Criticized for a painting in the Capitol that depicted police as pigs


Criticized for an old video clip of her doing a goofy dance

This article appears in the March 2019 issue of Washingtonian.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
Associate Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. Her work has appeared in Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Petworth.