In what is anticipated to be one of the most contentious, closely watched, and most expensive Senate midterm election matchups, incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will face Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) in Florida's 2022 general election. Florida's primary is scheduled for Aug. 23 and the general election on Nov. 8, 2022.
Marco Rubio (Incumbent)Marco Rubio is currently serving as a United States Senator for the State of Florida. born in Miami, Florida, one of the four children of Cuban immigrants who came to America in 1956. He began his political career as a city commissioner for West Miami before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives (2000 to 2008) where he served as speaker in November 2006. Rubio was first elected to the United States Senate in 2010, filling the seat left by retiring Republican incumbent Mel Martinez. In the general election, Rubio defeated Democrat Kendrick Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist (a Republican turned independent).
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
On the Issues
Education:Strongly favors vouchers for school choice.
Abortion:Favors a ban on abortion after 20 weeks.
Climate Change:Believes climate change is a reality but not man-made.
Guns:Favors the absolute right to gun ownership.
Immigration:Opposes amnesty for illegal aliens in any form.
Pathway to Citizenship:Position unclear; as a Florida House Representative running for Senate 2010, Rubio said "an earned path to citizenship" for illegal aliens was nothing more than a "code for amnesty." However, when asked if he supported a pathway to citizenship in 2015, then-Senator Rubio said, "I do." Then, as a presidential candidate in 2015, Rubio said he would implement policies and then wait to have a debate on their effectiveness in 10–12 years. When asked again if he supported a pathway to citizenship in 2016, Rubio said “The question about ‘Whether you give citizenship to people’ is not a yes or no answer.”
Jobs:Opposes raising the minimum wage.
Same-Sex Marriage:Strongly opposes same-sex marriage.
Taxes:Strongly opposes increasing taxes on the wealthy.
Energy:Supports safe drilling.
Controversies:During a June 9, 2021 interview conducted at his desk in the Russell Senate Office Building, Rubio attacked Demings's voting record and labeled her as a “do nothing Democrat.” The Senate Ethics Committee Manual (pdf) explicitly states, "Senate space may not be used for any political campaign.”
Val DemingsVal Demings is currently a member of the U.S. House, representing Florida's 10th Congressional District. She assumed office on Jan. 3, 2017, and her current term ends on Jan. 3, 2023.
Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness
Subcommittee on Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support
U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security (Vice Chair)
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law
U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security
Congressional Black Caucus
New Democrat Coalition
Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues
Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force (Vice Chair)
Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus
Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus
Law Enforcement Caucus
On the Issues
Education:Opposes vouchers for school choice.
Abortion:Strongly favors abortion as a woman’s unrestricted right.
Economy:Supports federal stimulus spending to promote economic growth rather than market-led recovery.
Climate Change:Believes "climate change is real, it’s dangerous, and we need to do something about it." Also believes extreme weather is caused by climate change.
Guns:Supports restrictions on the right to bear arms.
In 2009, then Orlando Police Chief Val Demings received a "written censure" as punishment for not properly securing her gun in her car after someone broke into her Chevy Tahoe on the night of Feb. 27 and stole a duffel bag she had placed on the floor of the vehicle. The bag contained her agency-issued 9mm Sig Sauer gun and ammunition.