The Secretary of the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos comes from one of the richest families in the United States, the Prince Family. The family is most famous for the Prince Corporation, an automobile parts distributor founded by her father, Edgar. On top of that, her brother founded the security company Blackwater. As you can see, she comes from a family with a long history of success that isn’t afraid to go for what it wants.
Betsy brought this attitude and work ethic of her life in both the political and philanthropic arena as manager of both the Prince Foundation and the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. She also is involved heavily with ArtPrize, an annual art competition in the city of Grand Rapids with a one million dollar prize. In politics, she has fought with Democrats in her area while working to have private school vouchers and charter schools enacted in the state of Michigan.
Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, who is most commonly known in the political community for losing out on the Republican seat for governor of Michigan in 2006. The couple has four children together.
DeVos has a reputation of being a headstrong and tireless worker. This is why her personality and behavior so far as Secretary of Education has been perplexing thus far. Her attitude has been rather meek compared to what people expected when she took the position. This has left both her proponents and her detractors wondering if this is how it’s going to be or if she will grow more confident over time.
One sign that she may be starting to strike out on her own a bit more is a recent action she took in the wake of Trump informing her that he would be ending an Obama-led policy that gave transgender students the right to choose the bathroom they wished to use. Just hours before he planned to do so, the Secretary met with representatives of LGBT employees of the DOE to warn them.
It has been said that she informed them that she opposes the measure by the President, but she had no power to stop it. This comes as a surprise to some given that she publicly supported it during a recent speech. DeVos even went so far as to say the policy signed into effect by Obama was an overreach of federal powers.
Betsy DeVos has only been Secretary for a few months, so it stands to reason that she may develop a more headstrong presence within the cabinet over time. One thing is for certain, people from her home state know what she is capable of when it comes to fighting for what she wants. The question here is whether she will bring this personality trait to the White House or if she doesn’t feel it would be appropriate given her current position.
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