Betsy DeVos was born in 1959 to Edgar Prince in Holland, Michigan. She is the present Secretary of Education in Donald Trump’s government. Apart from being a politician, Betsy is also philanthropist and a business lady. Her father, Edgar Prince, is a billionaire and owner of an automobile parts dealer based in their home town.
Betsy attended Holland Christian High School. She is an alumnus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan from where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Political Science. Her interest in politics started while in college.
DeVos is a devout Christian and is a member of the Christian Reformed church in North America. She is also a fellow and elder in Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids. She has also regularly given donations to her former school, Holland Christian High.
Betsy is a longtime member of the Republican Party. She is popular for her activism in the education sector, which I think led to President Trump entrusting her with the education docket. From 1992 through 1997, she served as a Republican Committeewoman for Michigan. Additionally, she chaired the Michigan branch of the Republican Party between 1996 and 2000, reclaiming the post in 2003 via re-election.
The DeVos’ have for long used their financial muscle to support Republican candidates in past elections. They were on the forefront in Bush’s reelection campaign in 2004, and also donated significant amounts of money towards the campaign. Betsy served as Finance Chairman for the National Republican Senatorial committee under Bush’s presidency.
Advocacy in Education
I cannot go without acknowledging the efforts that Betsy DeVos and her family have put in the education sector in this country. In 2000, they sponsored an initiative that would have amended Michigan’s constitution to allow the public to fund private and religious education centers. The proposal was, however, defeated with over 60% voting against.
The family did not give up on their efforts to improve the education sector even after their petition was shot down. They founded the Great Lakes Education Project, an education reforms activists that endorses pro-reform legislation and conducts awareness campaigns to advocate for reforms.
While I have just mentioned a few of the initiatives Betsy has taken to support education, I think that her nomination to the cabinet will put her even in a stronger position to push for the reforms that our education sectors needs so urgently.
Betsy and her husband started a charity foundation which they serve as chairs. The foundation is renowned for supporting school choice in their home state. The charity also donates money to Education Freedom Fund, an organization that avails scholarships to children from less fortunate backgrounds.
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