Her name truly packs a punch and she's gaining steam by the moment. Rep. Valdez “Val” Demings is currently serving the 10th Congressional District in Florida. The Democrat has been serving the U.S. House since 2017 after being elected in 2016. After losing her first race back in 2012, the 64-year-old beat the odds, winning her first race in 2016 with a 64.9% vote. Demings beat out Republican Thuy Lowe in the general election and was even endorsed by former President Barrack Obama. In 2020's general election she went on to secure her position beating counterparts Republican Vennia Francois and Democrat Sufiyah Yasmin.
Although she originally considered running for Florida governor, she now has her eyes set on the Senate which she announced in a bid last week. Demings will challenge Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for the seat.
She currently serves on the House Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Intelligence Committees.
The rising congressional star came to prominence when then-presidential nominee Joe Biden submitted her candidacy as a potential vice presidential running mate in August 2020.
The mother of three sons and the grandmother of five has impressive background that speaks to her ability to lead and make change. Here are five things about the badass politician who's about to shake up more things in Congress.