Betsy DeVos has been active in politics since her days on campus at Calvin College. She is a reformer who for over three decades has led several party organizations, campaigns, and political action committees. Betsy has been the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. Dick DeVos, Betsy’s husband, was the Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan in 2007. Evidently, the reforming tendency runs in the family. She pursues reforms through different nonprofit roles such as being a member of various national and local boards and the chairperson of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. Besides, Betsy is famous for her leadership in the educational-choice movement. Consequently, she is the chairperson of the Alliance for School Choice and American Federation for Children.
Betsy’s personal life
Betsy was born in 1958, and her father was into auto parts business. She is married to Dick DeVos, the founder of Amway. Betsy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Calvin College in 1979. She was in the student’s senate at Calvin Student. The college notes that very few students had applied to hold such a seat in the student’s senate. Betsy pointed out that she had generated $5.3 million in political donations in the last five years.
Betsy’s political activity
Betsy has been active in the Michigan Republican Party since 1982. She worked as a local precinct delegate from the party after being elected for two-year terms consecutively. Betsy also served as a committee member for Republican National between 1992 and 1997. She was elected in 2003 for the post of party chairperson without opposition. She collected over $150000 for the campaigns of the re-election of Bush in 2004.
Betsy and her husband established the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. Betsy, through the foundation, has donated money to several courses. She says that the philanthropy is motivated by faith and its primary goal is to accelerate transformation, cultivate leadership, and leverage support in areas such as justice, education, arts, administration, and community. The foundation donated $11.6 million in 2015 to charitable activities, which brings the total generous contributions of the couple to $139 million. Betsy and her husband were rated number 24 by Forbes on its list of America’s top givers in 2015.
Betsy has also worked as the chairperson, treasurer, and board member of the Acton Institute. She has contributed $5.2 million to charter schools, $8.6 million to Christian schools, and $59,750 to public schools. Betsy DeVos notes that educated in the US needs to encourage the creation of charter schools as well as open up private schools to more students. She says that it can be achieved through financial programs commonly referred to as vouchers. Betsy also believes that opening up the education market will be crucial in offering parents an increased choice, which will mean better education for students in the US.
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