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Demings on possible Senate, Florida governor run: 'I'm keeping that door open'

Demings on possible Senate, Florida governor run: 'I'm keeping that door open'
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Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsTrump hands Rubio coveted reelection endorsement in Florida Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms Vanita Gupta will fight for all as associate attorney general MORE (D-Fla.) said she is open to the possibility of running for Florida governor or one of the state's seats in the U.S. Senate in 2022. 

“I certainly would not talk about any private conversations that I’m having,” Demings said Wednesday during a live event with The Washington Post. "But as I said, there’s plenty of work to do in the House right now. If that would take me to another campaign, then I’m keeping that door open.”

Demings, a progressive Democrat, was one of several managers tapped by House leadership last year to prosecute the case against former President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE during his first impeachment trial in the Senate. 

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She was also reportedly on President BidenJoe BidenSuspect in FedEx shooting used two assault rifles he bought legally: police US, China say they are 'committed' to cooperating on climate change DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is MORE's short list for vice president in May. 

“I have dedicated my life to public service. I chose tough jobs. I worked right out of college as a social worker, for 27 years at the police department and had the honor of serving as the chief of police," Demings said at the time. "Now I am in Congress. I am trying hard every day to do that job right so we can take care of the people who are struggling in this community the most.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisSunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues American expats returning to US to get COVID-19 shots Oddsmakers say Harris, not Biden, most likely to win 2024 nomination, election MORE, a Republican, is up for reelection in 2022, as is GOP Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Senators reintroduce bill to block NATO withdrawal New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE

Demings has criticized DeSantis over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and what she says are lax public health measures that are not based in science. 

"Governor DeSantis has hired an unqualified conspiracy theorist and Ohio sports blogger as part of Florida's COVID-19 response. He is putting the health and safety of all Floridians at risk. Our response must be based on scientific and medical evidence," she said in November.
 
Trump won Florida in the 2020 presidential election with several Republicans in the state retaining U.S. House seats.