As a lifelong Florida resident, Val Demings knows how important a healthy environment is to our economy and our way of life. During her tenure as police chief of the Orlando Police Department, Val Demings led efforts to make the department’s car fleet more efficient and helped reduce the agency’s carbon footprint.
Demings joined the Orlando Police Department after college, and in 2007, she was appointed Chief of Police, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the department. She retired from the force in 2011. Demings is eager to continue her career in public service by representing the people of the 10th District of Florida in the House of Representatives.
Demings is fully committed to supporting action to tackle the climate crisis and boost clean energy. In Congress, Demings is looking to be a bridge between the conservation and business communities, encouraging both public and private sector managers to incorporate conservation and efficiency programs in their budgeting processes.
Demings fills this seat left open after court-ordered redistricting in the state. Florida’s 10th Congressional District was previously held by Representative Daniel Webster, who earned a lifetime score of 7 percent on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2015. Webster won the election to represent Florida’s 11th Congressional District.
In her own words:
“From our beautiful beaches and lakes that form the backbone of our tourism industry, to the incredible biodiversity that Floridians new and old have enjoyed for generations, I believe we must protect the environment to protect our Florida way of life. I also think that our incredible access to year-round sun and the ocean present Florida with an opportunity to be a leader in providing clean, renewable domestic energy in the future.”
Source: LCV 2015-2016 Congressional Questionnaire