According to Politico
and NBC News, Democratic Rep. Val Demings
intends to run for the United States Senate
, hoping to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio
(R-Fla.), who is up for reelection in 2022.
Demings, 64, had been debating whether to run for governor
, but ultimately decided she could be more effective in the Senate, according to Politico, citing Democrats
familiar with her thinking.
Last month, the congresswoman told MSNBC
that she was "seriously considering" running for governor, but she wouldn't say whether she was running for governor or the Senate.
“I have received calls, texts, and messages from people
all over the state asking me to run because they feel they are not represented and their voices are not heard,” Demings said at the time. “And I believe that every Floridian deserves to have representation regardless of the color of their skin, where they live, how much money
they have in the bank, their sexual orientation, or their religious beliefs.”
Demings' representative did not respond to Stardia's request for comment right away.
Democrats have been looking for a way to take over Rubio's seat but have been unable to find anyone who they believe is capable of defeating the two-term senator.
Demings was elected to the House in 2016 to represent Florida's 10th Congressional District, which includes a large portion of Orlando. She was previously the city's chief of police
, the first Black woman to hold that position. Demings gained national attention last year for her role in then-President Donald Trump
's first impeachment trial
, in which she served on the House panel that charged him.
Rep. Charlie Crist
of Florida, a former governor, became the first Democrat to announce a run against Republican
Gov. Ron DeSantis
in 2022 earlier this month.