Val Demings represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District. She was also Orlando’s first-ever female police chief.
She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Committee on Homeland Security. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and New Democratic Caucus.
Additionally, Rep. Demings is an Assistant and Regional Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, Co-Chair of Candidate Recruitment for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
She began her career in Jacksonville as a social worker, working to protect foster children. Then, in the early 1980s, she joined the Orlando police force. Despite institutional resistance to the idea of women in law enforcement, she determinedly pushed forward, graduating from the police academy as class president, receiving the Board of Trustees’ Award for Overall Excellence, and earning the reputation of a smart, tenacious, no-nonsense cop.
During her distinguished 27-year career with the Orlando Police Department (OPD), she served in virtually every department, including serving as Commander of the Special Operations. In this role, she was responsible for some of Orlando’s highest profile tasks, including special events and dignitary protection.
In 2007, Rep. Demings made history when she was appointed Orlando’s first female Chief of Police.
Rep. Demings is married to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, is a proud mother to three sons, and proud grandmother to five.
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