Betsy DeVos real name is Elisabeth Dee DeVos. She was born on 8th January 1985 in Holland, Michigan State. She is an American businesswoman and the current 11th secretary of education in the administration of President Donald Trump. Betsy is a member of the Republican Party and an ardent supporter of the education system in the country. Before being appointed as the secretary of education, DeVos has served in several other positions within the Republican Party. The years between 1992 she was Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan and served as the chairperson of Republican Party in Michigan between 1996 to 2000. She has been an advocate for Detroit charter schools system and served as the chairperson of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
Betsy is married to Dick DeVos who was the former CEO of multi-level marketing company Amway. In 2016, the Forbes magazine ranked their family as the 88th most affluent family in America. Their estimated net-worth is $5.4billion. Her nomination to be the secretary of education was met with opposition from the Democrats. However, the senate committee on education, health, labor, and pensions accepted her nomination based on party line. Her name was presented to the Senate on February 7th 2017, where the Vice President Mike Pence approved her nomination to be the secretary of education. It was the first time in history that the vice president accepted someone based on the tiebreaking vote.
Betsy DeVos is also known for her philanthropic works aside from politics. She and her husband Dick are chief investors of the Neurocore group. They are also board members of that group. Neurocore is mainly a group of brain performance centers that offer therapy for depression, attention deficit disorder, autism, and anxiety. In this center, they treat their patient by showing them movies and films that disrupt them from their disorder so that they can contain their brains. After she was elected, the Democrats raised an issue that the company will make her family gain from the center. She vowed to resign but retain her investment position which is estimated to be $5 million to $25 million.
Her philanthropic works have also been recognized in different areas aside from the Neurocore center. In an interview, she said that together with her husband Dick visited Potter’s House Christian School. It is a school for the low-incoming families, while they were there, they talked to the parents and their children. She kept going back there to offer them financial support. It has a tax-credit scholarship for the low-incoming students.
In conclusion. Betsy DeVos is a woman whose work has had a positive impact on the society. She is an inspiration to most people, especially the young generation. With her current position as the secretary of education, we believe education sector will improve.
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