From Michigan Politics to Washington D.C., the Rise of Betsy DeVos.

An analysis of the future of the United States really relies upon looking closely at those in charge at the top. Donald Trump rose to the occasion in the 2016 Presidential Election in order to fundamentally transform the Republican Party platform. Donald Trump fundamentally changed the direction of the GOP by touting an ‘anti-establishment’ focus while also promising to ‘drain the swamp’, thereby getting rid of all the old hats in Washington D.C. Of course, in order to fulfill his promise President Trump needed to bring in a team of outsiders that could fulfill his agenda. One of the biggest outsiders, and summarily one of the most important, is Betsy DeVos — the person tapped to lead the Department of Education as the Secretary of Education.


Betsy DeVos was born and raised in a small town in Michigan. She was raised with a close family that focused on reformation, religion, and education. Sister to Erik Prince, of Blackwater fame, and wife to Dick DeVos, of the Amway founding family, Betsy DeVos was not one who had to work another day in her life — if she had so chosen. Instead, Betsy DeVos put all of her cards on the table in order to fight back for what she had developed a decades-long passion for: education reformation.


Betsy DeVos would go on to attend Calvin College and it was there that she began to learn about Milton Friedman, one of the first voices to begin the discussion on ‘school choice‘. Friedman argued against government intervention in the role of public education and he argued that schools should be allowed to take care of themselves, thus offering students and faculty the chance to find the school of their choice — rather than the one picked out for them. Betsy and her husband Dick would become champions of Friedman’s work and they would single-handedly help to bring the ideas back into the mainstream. As a result, school choice has exploded in popularity across the nation. Now, DeVos proudly points out, school choice programs exist in 17 states in America with more than 250,000 students enrolled in the programs. Of course, the majority of those students and establishments are located in Detroit due to DeVos’ attention on the region.


Working as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party helped to put DeVos on the map in a national way, but her fiery defense of school choice was the concept that put her onto President Trump’s radar. President Trump quickly tapped Betsy DeVos to be his Secretary of Education and after a narrow confirmation meeting, which was broken by a vote from VP Mike Pence, DeVos took her office. Now, all eyes are on Betsy DeVos as she is being charged with leading, perhaps, the most important division of the American government. What Betsy DeVos does with the next two to six years will fundamentally change the future of American education. As a result, DeVos knows that she has her work cut out for her and has wasted no time in getting down to business. Learn more: