Orlando’s U.S. Rep.-elect Val Demings is entering Congress as one of the Democrats’ leaders.

Demings was elected in December to represent Florida’s 10th Congressional District, covering

Representative-elect Val Demings’ office announced Tuesday she has been appointed by Democratic leadership to serve as an Assistant Whip in the Democratic Caucus. The former Orlando Police Chief will represent Florida’s 10th Congressional District in the 115th Congress.

“I’m proud to announce that Rep.-Elect Demings will serve as an Assistant Whip,” said  “She comes to Congress with a long and distinguished record in public service on behalf of the people of Orlando and central Florida. I look forward to working with her to ensure that the voices of workers and their families in Florida and across America are heard loudly and clearly in the 115th Congress,” Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, a Democratic congressman from Maryland, stated in a news release issued by her office.

The Assistant Whip team is composed of leaders in the Democratic Caucus who work with the Democratic Whip to build unity among House Democrats. Assistant Whips are responsible for talking to their fellow Democratic members about upcoming legislation that will be considered in the House.

“I am extremely honored to have been asked to serve as Assistant Whip under Whip Steny Hoyer,” Demings stated in the release. “My number one priority in Congress is to be a voice for the people of Central Florida. There is no question that many challenges lie ahead, but I will work hard everyday to make sure the Democratic party continues to promote policies that protect working families.”

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