Betsy DeVos: The Woman I Have Always Long to Meet

There are quite a number of women I hold in high esteem and wish to meet in person on day. Top on this list is Betsy DeVos. Many people keep asking me why I am so particular about this woman. I will now let the cat out of the bag.

Betsy DeVos has simply been living amidst wealth all her life. She was born on the 8th of January 1958 to billionaire Edgar Prince. Even at marriage, she was wise to take the wealthy path that leads to the DeVos family, one of Michigan’s wealthiest. Her husband, Dick DeVos Jr., is the biological son of Richard Marvin DeVos, a multibillionaire. Despite all the wealth, Betsy DeVos is still the calm, focus and principled woman we have always known her to be. She patterns her life base on biblical principles, a virtue rare among the wealthy in any society.

Betsy and her husband have been on the front-line when it comes to political fundraising for years. In fact, the general DeVos family has been a force to reckon with in Republican politics for many decades, either as donors to candidates or the party, giving far beyond $17 million since 1989.

The philanthropic works of the DeVos family outside politics is outstanding. They have been touching lives through various platforms. A good example is the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which was launched in 1989. The foundation’s giving focuses in leveraging support in five major areas, namely, education, arts, community, leadership and justice. In 2015, the gave out $11.6 million as charitable contributions while the couple’s lifetime charitable giving is in the region of $139 million.

When President Donald Trump announced on November 23, 2016 that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration, I was glad. It will be a good way to appreciate her good works. You may not know it; she has served in many worthy capacities.

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Betsy DeVos has been participation in Michigan Republican Party Since 1982. She was once a local precinct delegate. She served as a Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997, and was a chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party between 1996 and 2000. In 2003, she ran for party chairman and was elected unopposed.

Many of her fans received with great joy the confirmation of her nomination by the Senate on February 7, 2017 although it was by a 51–50 margin. The Vice President Mike Pence had to break the tie in favor of DeVos. It was remarkable because for the first time in American history, a vice President had to break a tie to ensure the appointment of a cabinet nominee.

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