Betsy DeVos continues to be a role model for many women around the world. Through her many endeavors and engagements, she has shown that a woman can rise from the shadows of a well-renowned family, the DeVos family, as well as a wealthy husband, Dick DeVos. By doing so, Betsy has created a name for herself as an activist, politician, philanthropist and businesswoman as opposed to just being the wife of a billionaire. In fact, she is the current 11th United States Secretary of Education.
Betsy DeVos or otherwise known as Elisabeth Prince, which is her birth name, was born on January 8, 1958. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince. More specifically, Edgar is known for establishing Prince Corporation, a Holland, Michigan-based automobile parts supplier. Her brother, Erik Prince, is a former Navy SEAL officer. Other than that, Erik is recognized as the founder of a private military services contractor known as Blackwater USA. Betsy attended high school at the Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan. She later pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Calvin College situated in the Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her involvement in politics started during her campus days. Additionally, Betsy was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America while growing up.
Political Roles and Fundraising
Since 1982, Betsy has been an active participant of the Michigan Republican Party. In fact, she boasts of a considerable level of experience as a local precinct delegate for the party after serving 16 consecutive two-year terms. Between 1992 and 1997, she served as the Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan. This is in addition to serving as the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party for about four years since 1996. In 2003, she ran again for the Michigan Republican Party chairman and won unopposed. Betsy has also proven to be a strong political fundraiser, especially for the Republican Party. Her effort to raise over $150000 to support the Bush re-election campaign in 2004 is testament enough. Additionally, she was the host of a Republican fundraiser in October 2008 that was graced by the presence of President George W. Bush. Betsy also closely worked with the Bush administration for about two years. During this period, she served as the finance chairperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Read more news on CNN.
Apart from being a businesswoman and active political activist, Betsy DeVos has displayed an altruistic spirit together with her husband, Dick DeVos. They take part in numerous charitable initiatives through their charitable foundation known as the Dick & Betsy DeVos family foundation. As a matter of fact, the DeVos family was ranked as #24 on 2015 Forbes list of America’s top givers. Most of the contributions go to art organizations, health research, hospitals, free-market think tanks, Christian schools among many others.