Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plays League of Legends, and she's pretty good

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a well-known member of the Democratic Party in the US who serves as the Representative for New York's 14th Congressional District. She stepped into to our little spotlight recently when she, along with other US politicians, signed a letter calling on Blizzard to reverse the punishment it imposed on Hearthstone Grandmaster Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai. But it recently came to light that she actually plays League of Legends, too—and she's pretty good at it.

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According to Inven Global, Ocasio-Cortez played League of Legends during college, but fell away from the game until last year, when a chat with Colorado governor Jared Polis convinced her to pick it back up. Polis is an avid player himself, and was actually featured in LoL's Community Spotlight in 2015, when he was still a Congressman.

Her Silver 4 puts her in the middle of the League pack, ahead of more than 15 percent of the player base. But she's still well behind Josh Harder, the Representative for California's 10th Congressional District.

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On the other hand, it's well ahead of Rick Fox, a former partner in the now-defunct esports organization Echo Fox, who remains in Iron 1. In Fox's defense, his Twitter feed suggest that he's only jumped back into the game with both feet recently, too. Ocasio-Cortez had some encouraging words for him.

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Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.