Val Demings and Jerry Demings

U.S. Rep. Val Demings and her husband Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings talk about honoring their parents through their professional achievements, and how they met at the Orlando Police Department.

Mayor Demings was the first African-American police chief in Orlando, first African-American sheriff in Orange County, and the first African-American mayor in Orange County. Rep. Demings was the first female police chief in Orlando.

This story was recorded at the StoryCorps Mobile Booth in Orlando in 2019. It was produced locally by Bill Johnson at WMFE. Find more stories at or on the StoryCorps: Orlando podcast.

Support for StoryCorps: Orlando comes from Orlando Health and our members (become a member). StoryCorps: Orlando’s theme music is from “See You Letter” by Jordan Foley, a singer-songwriter based in Orlando.