Betsy DeVos is an avid politician who dips her hand into American business. Currently Betsy DeVos is the current member of the United States Secretary of Education. Betsy is an avid republican that has shown her support for the system of school choice, the school voucher system and backing charter schools. In Michigan, Betsy served as the Republic National Committee member during 1992 to 1997. She served as the chairwoman in the Michigan Republic Party for 4 years, from 1996 to the year 2000. She was reelected to the post in 2003.
Betsy has been advocating for the charter school in Detroit and sits as a member for the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s board. She has also sat on the board for the Alliance for School Choice as well as for the Action Institute and All Children Matter.
Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, former CEO of the company Amway, a multi-level marketing company. She is the daughter in law of the co-founder of Amway, billionaire Richard DeVos. The sister to a retired Navy Seal, Erik Prince. Erik is the founder of the business Blackwater USA. They are the children of the founder of Prince Corporation, Edgar Prince. Forbes listed the family as the 88th wealthiest families holding a net worth of more than $5 billion dollars.
Betsy DeVos was nominated as the Secretary of Education during President Trump’s administration. On January 31, 2017, Betsy was awarded the position following a party line vote held by the Senate Committee. She was officially confirmed to the position on February 7, 2017 following a vote margin of 51-50. Vice President Mike Pence was the tie breaker within the nomination and it was a first time in history that the nomination had been decided following a Vice Presidents vote for a tiebreaker.
The philanthropist work that Dick and Betsy DeVos foundation for charitable giving that is motivated according to their faith. The center of the foundation is cultivated during leadership, guidance in support of five areas with the main focus on education and community. 2015 brought in contributions of $11 million of charitable donations. The lifetime donations brought forth by the couple to the tune of $139 million dollars. Forbes listed the DeVos family as 24 on the list of givers in the United States in 2015.
The family foundation has donated large donations to local art organizations, health research as well as to hospitals. They offer donations to conservative missions, free market think tanks as well as to Christian Schools. The foundation has donated over $100 million dollars from 1999 to 2014 with those donations being handed out to Christian organizations. Organizations which they have donated to include Michigan’s Foundation of Traditional Values along with Center for Individual Rights, the Michigan Pregnancy Resource Center and the Right to Life organization.
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