FSU Alum Congresswoman Val Demings Serving for the Sunshine State
Congresswoman Val Demings represents Florida's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, but she first received a B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University in 1979.
Rep. Demings is a lifelong public servant who has broken numerous glass ceilings. Today, she works on the House Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Intelligence Committees, but Rep. Demings began her career in Jacksonville as a social worker and later moved to Orlando to join the police 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.
In 2007, Val Demings made history when she was appointed to serve as Orlando’s first female Chief of Police. Through the work of Chief Demings and her dedicated officers, OPD reduced violent crime by more than 40 percent.
Rep. Demings sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness; Subcommittee on Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support), the House Judiciary Committee (Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security; Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law), and the House Committee on Homeland Security (Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security). She is Chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
Rep. Demings is married to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings (B.S. '80), is a proud mother to three sons, and a proud grandmother to five. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Webster University and holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Bethune-Cookman University, as well as honorary doctorates from Florida Technical College and City College Fort Lauderdale.