Former Members of Congress: Bonn
Valdez Venita "Val" Demings served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Florida's 10th District from 2017-2023. In 2022, she was the Democratic candidate from Florida for the U.S. Senate, but lost in the general election to incumbent Marco Rubio. Demings was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology in 1979. Demings began her career as a social worker in Jacksonville. In 1983, she graduated from the police academy of the Orlando Police Department and was hired as a patrol officer. She was appointed chief of police in December 2007, the first woman to lead the department, and served until her retirement in June 2011.
Messer served three terms as U.S. Congressman for Indiana's 6th Congressional District from 2013 to 2019. He was the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee for four years where he led hearings on Conservative Clean Energy Agenda, Women in the 21st Century Workforce and others. From 2003 to 2006 he served at the Indiana House of Representatives. Messer currently is a principal at Bose Public Affairs Group, where he counsels clients on state and federal policy matters in Indiana and in Washington, D.C.
Itinerary – High School Assembly Discussion at the Marie-Kahle-Gesamtschule | Student Discussion with the North American Studies Program | Discussion Panel at the University of Bonn