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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
|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|
|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.