Betsy DeVos is the current Education secretary in the Trump administration. She has been serving in the position since she was confirmed to office in 2017. She has become a prominent member of the Trump administration due to the notoriety of the DeVos family and their political and philanthropy work, which has been met with criticism and with praise over the years. How did Betsy DeVos come to be selected the Education Secretary of the United States by President Trump?
Betsy DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan to the conservative industrialist Edgar Prince and Elsa Zwiep. Her father was the founder of Prince Corporations, which was an automobile parts distributor in Holland, Michigan. Growing up DeVos attended private Christian schools and went on to attend Calvin College which is a Christian college. Betsy DeVos was influenced by her attendance at the Christian Reformed Church in North America as a young girl. The church inspired her to believe in the school choice option of educating students. This idea uses school vouchers from public school funding to allow some students to attend private and charter schools. Betsy DeVos married her husband Dick DeVos in 1979. Dick DeVos is from the DeVos business family who founded the Amway Corporation. Betsy DeVos has been a member of the Republican party in Michigan since 1982. She has been involved with various Republican party fundraising events and donated extensively to the party.
Betsy DeVos went on to be a part of the Trump administration due to her philanthropy with schools in Michigan and some Florida schools. She was also selected by President Trump for her donations and work within the Republican party. DeVos may have also been chosen because of her independent mindset that is still going to stay true to Republican party initiatives. Betsy DeVos openly said she disagreed with the president and the former attorney general Jeff Sessions concerning the issue of transgender bathroom rights. Despite this, the president did not express displeasure about Betsy DeVos in the same manner as he has about other members of his staff and administration. Perhaps the president knows it is important to have a strong independent yet also loyal education secretary to hopefully improve the state of the education department.
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