Betsy DeVos Philanthropic and Political Accomplishments

Betsy DeVos is a reputable American politician and businesswoman. She is the current United States Secretary of Education and the eleventh in the history of the country. She was born into a wealthy family of activists and philanthropists in 1958. Her father, Edgar Prince founded the Family Research Council while her brother founded the Blackwater USA. Mrs. DeVos is an active member of the Republican Party. Apart from her roles in the national government, DeVos chairs the Windquest Group. The group is privately owned and invests in technology, clean energy, and manufacturing. It was founded in 1989. She has been a board member of numerous political and non-profit organizations as well as businesses. The organizations include the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation that she founded in 1989 alongside her husband Dick DeVos. Dick DeVos is used to be the president of Amway.


The politician has a desirable educational background. She attended Calvin College where she graduated with a business degree in economics. DeVos was elected to the students’ Senate of the college while she was still a freshman. She pursued another undergraduate degree in the same institutions and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She began her political career in 1976 when she took part in the presidential campaign of Gerald Ford. She has served as the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan and also as the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party in the past. She played an active role during the 2004 Bush presidential reelection campaign. She served as the Finance Chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the reign of President Bush. She vied for the Michigan gubernatorial seat in 2006 on a Republican ticket.


Betsy DeVos has earned a reputation because of her active roles in fighting for educational choices. She supported the Detroit charter school system. She played an active role in opposing the amendment of legislative laws set to increase oversight of charter schools. Moreover, she is currently a board member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Betsy DeVos has played active philanthropic activities in Michigan and in the United States as a whole. Alongside her family members, she founded the Great Lakes Education Project. The advocacy organization specialized in amending the Michigan state constitution to allow the public to fund both private religious and secular institutions of learning. Betsy DeVos is also a co-founder of both America Federation of Children and All Children Matter organizations. The American Federation for Children advocates for school vouchers and scholarship credit programs in the country. Her foundations have donated huge amounts of money to charities and organizations. She has funded the Loudspeaker Media Inc., Success Academy Charter Schools and the Alliance for School Choice among other organizations and institutions.


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