There is very little that you can say about the 2016 Presidential Election that hasn’t been said already. Chief among those statements has been the stance echoed by newly elected Donald Trump: change is coming and the swamp will be drained. No matter where you stand on President Trump’s controversial statements, his duty to elect figures to head major departments of government has gone on largely as expected. That is, except, for the role of Secretary of Education. When President Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to the position, the announcement was met by a resounding question mark. Who was Betsy DeVos? How did this political outsider get into such a prominent post in Washington? As it turns out, President Trump saw in Betsy DeVos something that others had been seeing for decades: that she was a political fighter ready to make her mark.
Betsy DeVos was born and raised in Holland, MI. In her small community of largely Dutch lineage, DeVos would begin to form into the person that she is today. DeVos would attend Calvin College and here she would hone in on her political savvy, becoming a prominent Republican on campus. DeVos’ primary claim to fame has been her belief in charter schools and her push for school-choice across the nation. Now, DeVos is put into a position where she can actually render a great change to the nation at large in this particular area.
If you ran into Betsy DeVos on the street, you would assume that she was just another polite person. However, beyond her polite demeanor is the heart of a bulldog. DeVos has gained a reputation behind the scenes as someone who is ready and willing to fight for what she believes in — even if it goes against what the Republican party may desire. In that way, DeVos has garnered respect from both sides of the aisle. Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, said of DeVos; “There is a real tendency to underestimate her. SHe comes across as personable, plain-spoken, but she is dangerous.”
As the Secretary of education, Betsy DeVos will be charged with stumping for policies she believes in while simultaneously handling her relationship the GOP with grace and tact. Mike Cox, a former state attorney general, says, “In Michigan politics, she instilled fear in a lot of people and it’s not just because she’s a billionaire.” Cox only seems to be echoing what the rest of Washington is quickly learning, that Betsy DeVos is someone to be reckoned with.
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