ORLANDO, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., intends to challenge Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for his seat in 2022, NBC News reported Tuesday.
"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 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 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 the mayor of Orange County.
Her plans were first reported by Politico.
Rubio has not commented.