Born in a two-room, wooden framed home in Jacksonville, Val is proud to represent Florida’s 10th Congressional District. Val began her career in Jacksonville as a social worker, working with foster children. Despite seeing few women in the ranks of law enforcement in the early 1980’s, Val was inspired to move to Orlando to join the police force. In 2007, she made history when she was appointed to serve as Orlando’s first female Chief of Police. As Orlando’s Chief of Police, Val was widely praised for her dynamic leadership and a significant drop in crime. In Congress, Val sits on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. She believes that corporations’ influence in our politics must be policed, so that everyday Americans can once again have equal representation in our democracy.
Candidate for Florida's 22nd Congressional District