Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Boyfriend? New Details About Riley Roberts

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Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Boyfriend? New Details About Riley Roberts

Riley Roberts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ave been together for four years.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made a splash in Washington. From her popular social media accounts to her incisive questioning of Michael Cohen during an Oversight Committee hearing, the freshman member of Congress from the Bronx is receiving a lot of media attention for her work.

She keeps her personal life a lot more private than her political life, however. While some of her more ardent fans might know that she has a boyfriend named Riley Roberts, she doesn’t make it common knowledge. This week, however, her mom granted a rare interview in which she said she hoped her famous daughter would marry her long-time partner someday.

Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's boyfriend? Read on for all the details about Riley Roberts. 

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1. They were college sweethearts.

Like Ocasio-Cortez. Roberts attended Boston University, where he studied sociology and finance.

In a Vogue profile, Ocasio-Cortez described meeting him at a weekly conversation with the dean. She describes it as meeting “in true nerdy fashion.” The couple dated in college but allegedly split for a while before getting back together about four years ago.

2. He's a tech entrepreneur.

Riley became a tech entrepreneur after college, returning to his native Arizona after graduation. He has been working as a web and social media consultant for startups, according to his LinkedIn account, where he described his professional experience.

“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 was able to move his consulting practice to New York City to be closer to AOC.

3. They live together.

The couple lived together in a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx neighborhood of Parkchester. He has relocated down to D.C. with her since she was elected to Congress. There’s been some controversy surrounding the high rent in the buildings the couple chose. AOC’s mother dismisses those concerns, saying it’s not that expensive by New York standards and offers the couples security and privacy.

"She told me she picked that building because the amenities allow her not to get out that much," her mother told The Daily Mail. "There's a gym and yoga on the premises. When she is out and about, she gets stopped every minute."

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4. He was a campaign volunteer.

Roberts was periodically photographed near his girlfriend in campaign pictures but kept such a low profile that he was occasionally simply identified as a campaign volunteer, not as AOC’s partner, as she refers to him.

There have also been questions about payments to his consulting firm and a Congressional email address assigned to him. The campaign says the payments were for web services he provided and that he has an email address so he can access to AOC’s very busy calendar.

4. They're protective of their privacy. 

Roberts and Ocasio-Cortez are both protective of the privacy in their personal lives. Robert hasn’t granted any interviews or done significant appearances as a surrogate for AOC, nor has his family been out front in her political campaigns.

In January, she took to Twitter to express her disgust at a reporter who was contacting Roberts’ family members, offering them cash to share stories about her.

5. He's always at her side.

While the couple doesn’t engage in any PDA or talk about their relationship in public, he has been a steady presence in her campaign and since she got to D.C.

You can see him standing nearby in AOC’s official swearing portrait. While it’s her mom who holds the Bible as Speaker Nancy Pelosi swears AOC in, Roberts is standing in the frame beaming with excitement.

6. Is marriage in their future?

The couple won’t comment on their future, just as they won’t comment on anything else about their relationship. This doesn’t stop the people close to them from hoping they’ll get married and start a family one day — including AOC’s mother. 

"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. So, I hope they get married soon. Although they haven't told me anything about their plans."

For the moment, the representative seems plenty busy doing the work of the people’s house.

"I want to be Bernie Sanders but never run for president. I want to be the kooky old lady who brings her cats to the floor of Congress and says, ‘Here’s the right thing to do.’ I just want to be chilling with Sonia Sotomayor, wearing gold hoop earrings with a big old FU and a pretty necklace.”

Maybe Roberts will be in this future as well.

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Rebekah Kuschmider has been writing about celebrities, pop culture, entertainment, and politics since 2010. Her work has been seen at Ravishly, Babble, Scary Mommy, The Mid, Redbook online, and The Broad Side. She is the creator of the blog Stay at Home Pundit and she is a co-host of the weekly podcast The More Perfect Union.