It could not be made any more clear that the American political scene is evolving and changing dramatically. The 2016 Presidential Election served as a litmus test for the nation and the results were astounding and overwhelming: the time for change was now and outsiders were going to lead the charge. After being sworn in, President Trump was quick to establish a cabinet filled to the brim with big names and even bigger bank accounts. Among Trump’s high-profile selections was Betsy DeVos, a devout Republican from the state of Michigan who had spent the prior 30 years championing conservative education reform. Betsy DeVos was brought on to work as the Secretary of Education and after her confirmation, she immediately got to it.
As an outsider, Betsy DeVos came to Washington D.C. with zero experience on her resume as a federal employee. In fact, this lack of experience is largely what seems to have propelled DeVos to the top of President Trump’s list of potential nominations. President Trump was adamant from the get-go that he bring in outsider politicians who could bring a new frame of reference to Washington D.C. While Betsy DeVos was a smaller name on his list of high-profile Cabinet members, she still brought with her a significant amount of clout and a history of working toward very clearly defined conservative goals.
Betsy DeVos is likely known as much for her political work as for her family background. Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, heir to the Amway business fortune, and sister to Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater — an overseas security firm. Born into incredible wealth, Betsy DeVos never let her station in life dictate the future of her work. Rather than relaxing and counting her income, Betsy DeVos would leave home in order to attend school with the hopes of learning ways to improve the world around her. As a self-proclaimed reformer, Betsy DeVos and the rest of her family have been hard at work for generations trying to sway the way the world around them operates for the better. Honing in on many conservative ideas, the DeVos name would soon become closely associated with the GOP on a broader scale.
As the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos will continue pushing her belief in school choice. School choice was originally made popular by the writing of Milton Friedman but it has since grown into one of the core tenets of conservative education reform thanks to Betsy DeVos. Betsy DeVos believes that parents should be free to pursue the educational facilities of their choice for their children and that public funding should be made available in order to help fund their choices and improve the quality of their education.
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