Dick DeVos’ wife, Betsy has been at the forefront of fighting for positive change. At her time in College, she got heavily involved in campus politics. She has continued to remain active in politics since then. For over 30 years, she has been in various campaigns, PACs, and party organizations. She even served as the chair of the Michigan Republican Party for Six years.
The reformist spirit runs deep in her family. Dick DeVos was the Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan in 2006. In business and politics, Betsy wants to find innovative solutions to problems. Mrs. DeVos has continued to push for reform through various nonprofits. She serves on the boards of various national and local nonprofits, all of which work to bring about social change.
In a recent interview, Betsy gave her view on education reform in the US. Betsy said that she was proud of the progress that had been made thus far. She said that in the US today, there were over 250 thousand students in publicly funded pro-choice programs in 17 states and D.C. She said that the movement was growing.
She said the major reason was that the public had become aware that public schools were no longer effective in some areas. In fact, she was adamant that some were failing miserably in some areas.
When asked what drew her to the education reform movement, she said it was not a single event but many gradual events. She said that while their kids were still in school, she had an opportunity to meet the kids of low-income families who were doing their best to give the kids a great start in life. She saw the struggle they were facing, and she was inspired to help more parents like them get good opportunities to quality education.
When asked about her biggest success in fighting for education reform, Mrs. DeVos said that it was Florida. She said it was the best case study of how the pro-choice movement can succeed in the US.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur and businessperson from Michigan. He is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. He served as the company’s CEO from 1993 to 2002. In 2006, the Republican Party nominated him for the governor of Michigan.
He is ranked as the 67th richest person in the US with a net worth of about $5.1 billion. He is the husband of Betsy DeVos, who is the current Education Secretary of the US. Besides business, he has been a huge proponent of choice in the education sector. He comes from a family that has been involved in Republican Party politics for many years now. He and his wife have four children and five grandkids.
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