Rep. Val Demings, the Florida Democrat who was on President Biden’s shortlist for a running mate in the 2020 presidential election, is planning a run for the U.S. Senate, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
A national Democrat with knowledge of the party’s strategy on Senate races told NPR’s Claudia Grisales that Demings “is strongly considering a Senate run.”
An announcement would pit Demings, a former Orlando police chief who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2016, against incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican.
“Val is an impressive and formidable candidate whose potential entrance would make the race against Rubio highly competitive,” the source said.
The news was first reported by Politico.
Separately, a source close to Demings confirmed to Grisales that the congresswoman “is planning a run with an announcement coming soon.”
Demings also served on the House impeachment committee during then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment proceedings.