Candidate name: Rep. Val Demings
Bio: Congresswoman Val Demings is used to working hard for everything she wants. The youngest of seven siblings, Rep. Demings was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University. After receiving her degree, Demings worked as a social worker in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida before she was inspired to pursue a career in law enforcement. In the early 1980s, Demings moved to Orlando and joined the police force, graduating at the top of her academy class. After two decades on the job, Demings became the first woman to be appointed as Orlando’s Chief of Police. After retiring from the department in 2011, Demings ran for Congress in 2012, losing in a tight race to Republican incumbent, Congressman Daniel Webster. In 2016, Demings launched a successful Congressional bid, winning in a landslide. Since joining Congress, Demings has served on the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security.