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Rep. Val Demings plans to run for Senate against Rubio

Val Demings
Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., stands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., as she announces her impeachment managers during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former Orlando police chief Val Demings will take on Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022.

“Val is an impressive and formidable candidate whose potential entrance would make the race against Rubio highly competitive,” a national Democrat with knowledge of the situation told to NBC News.

Demings, who was rumored to have been considering a gubernatorial run hinted last month that she was considering running for Senate.

“I have received calls and texts and messages from people all over the state asking me to run because they feel that they are not represented and their voices are not being heard,” she said during a CNBC interview in April.

Demings currently represents Florida’s 10th congressional district in the Orlando area. The 64-year-old former Orlando police chief grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in criminology.

She is married to Jerry Demings, who is mayor of Orange County.