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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " VAL DEMINGS " IS A POLICE OFFICEER AND POLITICIAN FROM FLORIDA AND SERVED AS THE FIRST CHIEF OF THE ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT : GOES INTO THE "HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

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Val Demings
Democratic nominee for
U.S. House of Representatives fromFlorida's 10th district
Election date
November 6, 2012
Opponent(s)Daniel Webster
Personal details
BornValdez Venita Butler
1957 (age 56–57)
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materFlorida State University
Occupationpolice officer
Val Demings (born Valdez Venita Butler in 1957) is a police officer and politician from Florida. She served as Chief of the Orlando Police Department, the first woman to hold the position. She was the Democratic nominee in 2012 to represent Florida's 10th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Early life

Demings was one of seven children born to a poor family; her father worked in orange groves, while her mother was a housekeeper. They lived in Mandarin, a neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended segregated schools in the 1960's, graduating from Wolfson High School in the 1970's.[1]
Her desire for a career in law enforcement came when Demings served in the "school patrol" at Dupont Junior High School. She graduated from Samuel W. Wolfson High School, and then attended Florida State University, graduating with a degree in criminology in 1979.[1]

Career

After graduating from college, Demings worked as a social worker in Jacksonville for 18 months.[1][2] In 1983, she applied for a job with the Orlando Police Department (OPD), and she began with the department on patrol in Orlando's west side.[1]
Demings was appointed as Chief of the OPD in December 2007, becoming the first woman to lead the department.[3] As Chief, she was credited with reducing violent crime in Orlando. She retired from the position effective June 1, 2011, after serving with the OPD for 27 years.[4]

Political career

Demings was the Democratic nominee for the United States House of Representatives in Florida's 10th congressional district in 2012.[5] Her attempt to unseat the incumbent,Republican Daniel Webster, was unsuccessful.[6]
Democrats have attempted to recruit Demings to run against Webster again in 2014.[7] After considering her options, she decided to run for Mayor of Orange County, Florida, againstTeresa Jacobs.,[8] but she dropped out of the mayoral race on May 20, 2014.[9]

Personal

Her husband, Jerry Demings, is the Orange County Sheriff.[4] Previously, he served as the Chief of the OPD, the first African American to do so, from 1999 through 2002.[1][2] The two met while on patrol in the OPD; they married in 1988 and have three children.[1