An Insight into Betsy DeVos Political Career and Communal Activities

Betsy DeVos is a renowned billionaire Republican donor, education activist, philanthropist and the current Secretary of Education under President Donald J. Trump. According to a news report published by NYPost, there are many interesting things about Betsy DeVos that the public may not know. First, she has strong family ties, her husband Dick DeVos, is a prominent entrepreneur, a community activist and heir to a $5 billion fortune. Devos family has a history of donating significant amounts of money to the Republican Party and its causes, thanks to their longstanding relationship with the Republican Party. DeVos has been actively participating in politics for over 35 years. In the early years, DeVos held several positions in the Republican Party, including that of Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1995 to 2005. She also led lead party campaigns, political action committees and party organizations.

Secondly, DeVos has been a strong advocate for charter and choice schools. This fact is reiterated by her position as Chairwoman of an organization that supports charter schools, the American Federation of Children. DeVos has traditionally supported the idea of parents finding good schools for their children; be they private institutions, virtual schools, or traditional public schools in various neighborhoods. Her husband also established the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a public charter high school. Thirdly, DeVos maintains strong ties with the Christian Reformed community back in Michigan. During her nomination as Secretary of Education by President Elect, DeVos was unvaryingly described as a committed Christian and a member of the Mars Hill Bible Church on Grand Rapids, Michigan. One of her greatest influences is the Dutch writer and Calvinist theologian, Abraham Kuyper. Lastly, Devos is a grandmother and a staunch supporter of educational causes. The DeVoses have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

On education, DeVos has served various national and local board’s that champion education, culture and arts. The organizations include ArtPrize, Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, among other organizations. Betsy DeVos has also trained her sights on business, at the time of her appointment as secretary; she was the Chairwoman of the Michigan based, privately held enterprise and investment management firm, The Windquest Group (TWG). The group has a host of interests in clean technology, manufacturing and new technological solutions. DeVos also cares about the removal of trade barriers and development of a good environment for people with various skills to thrive. According to Betsydevos.com, Betsy attended Holland Christian High School in his home town of Holland, Michigan. She later went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree.