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Betsy DeVos

US Secretary of Education
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Net worth 2018: $5.1 Million
Residence: Holland, Michigan, United States
Country: United States
BirthDay: 8 January 1958
Sigh: Aquarius
Height: 1.7 m
Education: Calvin College, Holland Christian Schools

Betsy DeVos was bornon 8 January 1958 in Holland, Michigan, United States, American, is US Secretary of Education. Betsy DeVos is an American entrepreneur, politician, activist and philanthropist presently serving as the 11th US Secretary of Education. A BA from ‘Calvin College’, Michigan, DeVos has remained active in politics for over three decades, emerging as the main Republican fundraiser from Michigan and a vocal advocate for education reform and “school vouchers”. She has backed Detroit charter school system and remained an advocate for charter schools, school voucher programs and school choice. She served prominent positions including Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan, Chairwoman of Michigan Republican Party four times, head of All Children Matter PAC and Chairwoman of board of Alliance for School Choice and the Acton Institute. She is a board member of ‘Foundation for Excellence in Education’. After Republican candidate for President Donald Trump picked her name as nominee for Secretary of Education in his cabinet she garnered a 50-50 vote in the senate amidst strong opposition. The tie was broken by Vice President Mike Pence’s vote in her favour thus marking such Cabinet nominee’s confirmation through Vice President’s tie-breaking vote for the first time in US history. She comes from a rich family background and is also married in one of the richest families of America.


$5.1 Million


She gave her first extended policy address on March 29, 2017 at the ‘Brookings Institution’


During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, DeVos backed Marco Rubio and speaking of Donald Trump in March 2016, she said he is an "interloper" and "does not represent the Republican Party", but Trump on November 23, nominated her as Secretary of Education in his cabinet


In 2012, she along with her husband produced the stage play ‘Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson’ for a Broadway run which however closed in December that year after running for 3 weeks garnering negative reviews


She assumed office as the 11th US Secretary of Education that day succeeding John King Jr


In 2008, she and her husband set up ‘The Dick & Betsy DeVos Scholarship’ to help MA, MS, or MBA students, especially the ones from developing countries, to attend ‘Thunderbird School of Global Management’


In 2006, Dick DeVos ran for Governor of Michigan as a Republican nominee but was defeated by Jennifer Granholm, the then Democratic incumbent


The Bush re-election campaign in 2004 saw her personally raising funds that amounted to over $150,000


She resigned from the post in 2000 and was again re-elected without opposition in 2003


Meanwhile, in 1996 she was inducted as the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party


In 1992, she became the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan and held the position till 1997


In 1989, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation was formed that over the years has donated millions of dollars to art organizations, hospitals, civic organizations, evangelical mission, Christian schools, charter schools and public schools among others


Her journey with the Michigan Republican Party started in 1982 and since 1986 she has been elected and serving the party as a local precinct delegate for every two-year term, sixteen times in a row


She attended ‘Holland Christian High School’ in Michigan and then earned a BA degree from ‘Calvin College’ in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1979


Betsy DeVos was born Elisabeth Dee Prince on January 8, 1958, in Holland, Michigan, US to Edgar Prince and Elsa (Zwiep) Prince (later Broekhuizen)

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