Betsy Devos has spent a lifetime advocating for better education for kids in challenging circumstances. She started with hands on experience and spent over five years as an advocate for at risk youth in the Grand Rapids, Michigan School District. She later went on to lead in a number of charitable organizations dedicated to helping in education. Starting with her own church, the Mars Hill Bible Church, then, at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and The Kendall College of Art And Design. These experiences formed her basic philosophy that education and curriculum decisions are best solved at a local level.
Betsy garnered much attention to her cause through her activism and ties to the Republican party. She was active in her local chapter and was elected as a delegate, a position she held for 16 consecutive terms. She was eventually voted in as the Republican National Committee Chairwoman for six years, and from there, was elected the Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman. This was a position that she resigned from, only to run again unopposed and win her position again. During the periods of time that she wasn’t serving as an elected leader, she was very vocal in supporting charter schools and vouchers that allow students who would not normally be able to afford it to attend private schools.
Devos is a native of Michigan the daughter of Edgar Prince, on of Michigan’s most successful automotive industrialists. In addition to her father’s legacy, her brother, an ex navy seal, formed Blackwater USA, a worldwide security agency. She grew up to get a bachelor’s degree and join the corporate world as Chairwoman of The WindQuest Group, an investment management company. She married Dick Devos, the former chairman of Amway international. She is also the daughter -in-law of Richard Devos, the founder of Amway. Richard and Betsy are the parents of four, fully grown children.
Betsy Devos was confirmed as Secretary of Education on Nov 7, 2017. She was nominated by President Trump in a highly partisan atmosphere, which led to the first ever split vote on a nominee. For the first time ever, the vice president was called in to cast the tie-breaking vote to garner the political win and get Betsy Devos to lead the Dept. of Education.
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