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Dick DeVos, Betsy’s Husband: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
DeVos, Dick [WorldCat Identities]
DeVos is a Republican known for her support for school choice , school voucher programs, and charter schools. On November 23, , then- President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration. This was the first time in U. DeVos was born Elisabeth Prince on January 8, She grew up in Holland, Michigan , the eldest of four children born to Elsa Zwiep Prince later, Broekhuizen and Edgar Prince , a billionaire industrialist   of Dutch ancestry. She served as a local precinct delegate for the Michigan Republican Party, having been elected for 16 consecutive two-year terms since
During the campaign, DeVos ran on the issue of jobs and the economy, saying he would make the state more business friendly by cutting taxes and regulations and pointing to his business experience as proof that he could get the job done. DeVos also called for an increase in funding for secondary and higher education. DeVos has not run for office since. This ballot-initiative lost, with 69 percent of Michiganders voting against it, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. According to The Washington Post , Betsy DeVos is the chairman of the American Federation of Children, which helps support candidates who back charter schools, and Betsy and Dick have both given money to many pro-charter school organizations.
AP Photos. The Michigan gubernatorial race that year had been a dogfight of personal attacks between DeVos, the Republican nominee, and Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm. Anti-DeVos ads cut closer to the bone, with one depicting a cartoon DeVos cheering a freighter hauling Michigan jobs to China. At the Lansing Sheraton, the mood was grim. Behind him on the ballroom risers stood his family; closest to him was his wife, Betsy, choking back tears.