Valdez “Val” Demings

Florida's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives

Portrait of Florida's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives

Current Position

Florida's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives

Date of General Election

November 6, 2018

Congresswoman Val Demings represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Demings was first elected to the House in 2016. She most recently won re-election in 2018. Congresswoman Demings is only the third Democrat ever to win this Orlando-based district since its creation in 1973. 

Congresswoman Demings is a lifelong public servant who broke numerous glass ceilings in her rise through the Orlando Police Department and her election to Congress. In 2007, Val Demings made history when she was appointed to serve as Orlando’s first female Chief of Police. 

Congresswoman Demings sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Congresswoman Demings is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and New Democratic Caucus. She is a member of the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Review Board and the Elections Security Taskforce. Besides serving as a Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Congresswoman Demings’ leadership positions include serving as 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.

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.

As OPD Chief, Demings  launched a relentless campaign to reduce violent crime and build new connections with the community. Through the work of Chief Demings and her dedicated officers, OPD reduced violent crime by more than 40 percent. By making the Orlando community a partner of the department, Chief Demings made the concept of “protect and serve” a tangible presence in Orlando’s most dangerous neighborhoods. She launched innovative programs like Operation Positive Direction, a mentoring program that empowers at-risk students through tutoring, community service, and positive incentives.