Betsy Devos is a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist. She is a vocal supporter of school choice, charter schools, school voucher programs and the reformed Christian community, through her membership in the Republican Party. For five years, Betsy was Michigan’s committeewoman for the Republican National. In addition, she chaired Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000. I believe that her achievements resulted in her reelection to the same position in 2003. She is a traditional supporter of the Detroit Charter school system and sits on the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Betsy heads the All Children Matter PAC. In the past, she chaired the board of Alliance for School Choice and Acton Institute. She is the wife of Dick Devos, the former CEO of Amway. Richard Devos is one of the co-founders of Amway, a multi-level marketing company. Her father, Edgar Prince, is the founder of the Prince Corporation while her brother, Erik Prince, is the former US Navy SEAL officer and the founder of Blackwater USA.
Betsy grew up in Holland, Michigan. She was admitted to the Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she graduated with her BA. It is my belief that her participation in campus politics inspired her to join the Republican Party politics. Growing up as a member of the Christian Reformed Church, she carried on with her religious involvement by being a member and a leader of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids. Dick was also the 2016 Republican candidate for gubernatorial race in Michigan. Richard Davos, who is Dick’s father, owns a team in the NBA basketball league known as Orlando Magic. In 2016, Forbes listed Richard as among the top 100 wealthiest individuals in America, with a net worth of $5.1 billion. Betsy and Dick have four children.
Betsy Devos has been an active player in the political arena. In her position as a local precinct delegate, Betsy made huge contributions to the Michigan Republican Party. I believe that her innovative campaign skills and ability to deliver on her mandate resulted in her election to serve in this position since 1986. She personally raised over $150,000 to support George W. Bush during the 2004 elections. In 2008, a Republican fundraiser was hosted at her home. President George W. Bush was actively involved in the campaign. In November 2016, the President-elect Donald Trump named Betsy Devos as his pick for the position of Secretary of Education in his administration. The senate confirmed her appointment on February 7, 2017 by a 50-51 margin. Betsy is also a traditional supporter of philanthropic organizations and initiatives. Through Foundations like The Prince Foundation, Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation, Christian Motivation, ArtPrize, and Kennedy Center, she has supported several art and education initiatives. Presently, Betsy is the chairwoman of the Windquest Group, a private operating firm that invests in manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.
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