Does Val Demings have children? Democrat's family and net worth explored

Bruno Cooke June 9, 2021
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Val Demings (Democrat) announced today she will run against incumbent GOP Senator Marco Rubio in Florida in 2022. Who are Val Demings’ children and husband, and what is her net worth?

Who is Val Demings?

Val Demings (full name: Valdez Venita Demings) has represented Florida’s 10th congressional district since 2017.

She previously served as chief of the Orlando Police Department – its first female chief – after serving with the OPD for 27 years.

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Born in 1957, Val Demings is one of seven children. Her father was a janitor, her mother a maid. 

She attended segregated schools in the 1960s and graduated from Wolfson High School in the 1970s.

Who is Val Demings’ husband, Jerry?

Val Demings’ husband, Jerry Demings, is the former Orange County Sheriff, and currently serves as mayor of Orange County, Florida.

Before his wife became the first female chief of the OPD, he became the first African-American to hold the post, from 1999 to 2002.

Jerry’s mother was a maid, like Val’s, but his father drove taxi cabs. He told The Community Paper in 2016 that, at the time, his parents were both 94, and had been married for more than 72 years.

Val and Jerry Demings met while responding to a go-kart accident. She was the first officer to respond; he arrived later as an investigator. They married in 1988.

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How many children does Val Demings have?

Val Demings maintains an air of privacy around her family life.

However, her official bio says she has three sons and is the “proud grandmother” of five.

My son and my granddaughter at the Valentine's Day Father-Daughter Dance at our church. Too proud!

Posted by U.S. Representative Val Demings on Friday, February 9, 2018

What is Val Demings’ net worth?

As per OpenSecrets, Demings’ assets in 2018 amounted to somewhere between $500,000 and $1.2 million.

Alongside this, her liabilities totalled somewhere between $1 million and $5 million.

All told, Celeb Sage Wiki estimates her net worth to be between $1 million and $5 million.

Her base salary, meanwhile, is $174,000.

When did she launch her Senate campaign?

Val Demings officially launched her campaign to challenge incumbent Florida senator Marco Rubio (Republican) today, 9 June.

Watch her announcement video, with subtitles in English and Spanish, below.

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Bruno is a postgraduate student studying global journalism, with research interests in the intersection of the media, storytelling, culture and politics. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Packs Light and Forge Press, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com. He is a Student Ambassador for Tortoise Media, a big fan of Freddie Mercury and a novelist – his debut novel, Reveries, is available on Amazon.