Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised more than $ 3million (£ 2.1million) for Texans struggling with recent extreme weather conditions in the state.
Democratic MP for new York The landmark announced on Twitter Saturday after his trip to Houston to help with the recovery effort.
Hundreds of thousands of Texans have been battling the fallout from a winter storm which crippled the state’s electricity grid and left many without power for days.
Seven million residents – a quarter of the state’s population – have been told to boil water before drinking it, and in other places water must be delivered after days of low temperatures record that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes.
At least 46 people have died in the 10 states affected by the extreme weather conditions, most in Texas, who is not used to such temperatures.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez said the money raised would go to 12 food banks and relief organizations
“Charity isn’t always a substitute for good governance, but we won’t give up on helping those in need when things touch fans,” she wrote on Twitter.
The first million dollars was raised in less than a day and the total had already surpassed $ 2 million on Friday, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said, adding that the response had left her “totally blown away”.
While in Houston, the congressman will meet with fellow Texas Democrat Sylvia Garcia to distribute supplies and raise awareness.
This comes after the Republican State Senator, Ted cruz, drew strong criticism for fly to mexico with his family as the people he represents grapple with power outages and water issues.
In a statement, the senator said he “wanted to be a good father” by flying with his daughters as they went on vacation as school was canceled and the power cut – adding that he was taking the plane Thursday afternoon.
“Look, that was obviously a mistake, and looking back I wouldn’t have done it,” he said later.