Betsy DeVos

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Elisabeth Dee DeVos (née Prince; born January 8, 1958) is the 11th and current United States Secretary of Education since 2017.wikipedia
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United States Secretary of Education

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Elisabeth Dee DeVos (née Prince; born January 8, 1958) is the 11th and current United States Secretary of Education since 2017. On November 23, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration.
The current, and 11th, secretary of education is Betsy DeVos, who was nominated by President Donald Trump and approved by the United States Senate on February 7, 2017.

Dick DeVos

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DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, the former CEO of the multi-level marketing company Amway, and is the daughter-in-law of Amway's billionaire co-founder, Richard DeVos.
DeVos is the husband of Betsy DeVos, the 11th and current United States Secretary of Education.

Erik Prince

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Her brother, Erik Prince, a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, is the founder of Blackwater USA.
He is the brother of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Cabinet of Donald Trump

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On November 23, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his administration.
Trump's selection of former RNC member Betsy DeVos from Michigan was officially announced on November 23, 2016.

Michigan Republican Party

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She was Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997 and served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000, with reelection to the post in 2003.

Holland Christian High School

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DeVos was educated at all grade levels of Holland Christian Schools, including Holland Christian High School, a private school system located in her home town of Holland, Michigan.

Amway

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DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, the former CEO of the multi-level marketing company Amway, and is the daughter-in-law of Amway's billionaire co-founder, Richard DeVos.
Dick DeVos, son of Amway founder Richard DeVos and past president of the company, served as Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and his wife Betsy DeVos served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000 and 2003 to 2005.

Mike Pence

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On February 7, 2017, she was confirmed by the Senate by a 51–50 margin, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie in favor of her nomination. Later on February 1, 2017, two Republican U.S. Senators, Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, came out against the confirmation (despite supporting DeVos in committee when both of them voted to move her nomination to the floor), bringing the predicted confirmation vote on DeVos to 50–50 if all Democrats and independents voted as expected, meaning Vice President Mike Pence would have to break the tie.
He cast the deciding vote to break a 50–50 tie to confirm Betsy DeVos as the secretary of education.

Jennifer Granholm

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In 2004, the Lansing State Journal described DeVos as "a political pit bull for most of [[Jennifer Granholm|[Gov. Jennifer] Granholm]]'s 16 months in office," and said that if DeVos was not Granholm's "worst nightmare," she was "certainly her most persistent".
But when you get to cutting the services for the least of these – in the 25th chapter of Matthew in the 37th verse the Lord says, 'Whatsoever you do to the least of these, so also you do unto me' – that's when I question whether somebody is really living out the faith that they profess". The interviewer noted that Granholm would be criticized, but she hoped that everyone would "keep those values in mind ... through the budget process". Betsy DeVos, the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party (1996–2000, 2003-05), was upset that Granholm had decided "to cloak her views on balancing the budget in religious terms in order to demonize her political opponents". Granholm responded that she did not think her response was controversial and said that many people of faith were serving in state government.

Student loans in the United States

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On April 11, 2017, DeVos undid several Obama administration policy memos issued by John King Jr. and Ted Mitchell which were designed to protect student loan borrowers.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has noted that Federal Student Aid's portfolio "is nearly 10 percent of our nation's debt."

List of tie-breaking votes cast by the vice president of the United States

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He cast his tie-breaking vote in favor of DeVos to officially confirm her as education secretary.
However, the cloture requirement was reduced to a simple majority for all executive and judicial nominations in 2013 (except for Supreme Court nominations, which were included in 2017), which led to the first ever use of a tie-breaking vote to confirm a Cabinet member when Pence broke a tie to confirm Betsy DeVos in 2017.

Charter school

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DeVos is a Republican known for her support for school choice, school voucher programs, and charter schools.
Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos espoused "school choice" before accepting the position in President Donald Trump's administration.

Calvin University

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She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics in 1979.

Holland, Michigan

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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.

Holland Christian Schools

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DeVos was educated at all grade levels of Holland Christian Schools, including Holland Christian High School, a private school system located in her home town of Holland, Michigan.
* Betsy DeVos (attended all grade levels and graduated from the high school in 1975) - In 2017 Erica L. Green of The New York Times wrote that "The attention brought by Ms. DeVos [...] has put Holland Christian on the defensive in recent months."

Richard DeVos

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DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, the former CEO of the multi-level marketing company Amway, and is the daughter-in-law of Amway's billionaire co-founder, Richard DeVos.
Richard Jr., who is married to United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, was the Republican Party nominee for governor of Michigan in 2006, but was defeated by then-incumbent governor, Jennifer Granholm.

Edgar Prince

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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. Their father is Edgar Prince, founder of the Prince Corporation.
Prince was married to Elsa Zwiep and together they had four children, including former Blackwater (now Academi) CEO, Erik Prince and the Trump administration's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Christian Reformed Church in North America

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DeVos grew up as a member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Alliance for School Choice

She has served as chair of the board of the Alliance for School Choice and the Acton Institute and headed the All Children Matter PAC.

Jeff Sessions

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As expected, there was a 50–50 tie on the final vote, with all Democrats and independents, along with two Republicans (Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski), voting in opposition to DeVos, while the other fifty Republican senators voted in support of the confirmation, including Senator Jeff Sessions, who himself had been nominated by the Trump administration for the post of United States Attorney General.
The vote on Sessions was delayed until after the vote on Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, because his confirmation – and subsequent resignation from the Senate – would create a temporary vacancy, which otherwise would have jeopardized DeVos's narrow confirmation.

United States Marshals Service

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Subsequent to the incident, the U.S. Marshals Service, rather than Education Department employees, began providing security for her.
In February 2017, Marshals began providing protective security to United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the first time since 2009 that a United States Cabinet-level official has been provided security by the Marshals.

Susan Collins

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As expected, there was a 50–50 tie on the final vote, with all Democrats and independents, along with two Republicans (Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski), voting in opposition to DeVos, while the other fifty Republican senators voted in support of the confirmation, including Senator Jeff Sessions, who himself had been nominated by the Trump administration for the post of United States Attorney General. Later on February 1, 2017, two Republican U.S. Senators, Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, came out against the confirmation (despite supporting DeVos in committee when both of them voted to move her nomination to the floor), bringing the predicted confirmation vote on DeVos to 50–50 if all Democrats and independents voted as expected, meaning Vice President Mike Pence would have to break the tie.
In January 2017, both Collins and Senator Lisa Murkowski voted for Donald Trump's selection for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, within the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, passing DeVos' nomination by a vote of 12–11 to allow the full Senate to vote on the nominee.

ArtPrize

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In 2009, Betsy DeVos's son Rick DeVos founded ArtPrize, an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
ArtPrize was created in 2009 by Rick DeVos, the son of Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos and United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Theranos

With a commitment of $100 million, Betsy DeVos was one of the largest investors—and losers—in blood-testing company Theranos.
Major investments had been made by the Walton family ($150 million), Rupert Murdoch ($121 million), Betsy DeVos ($100 million), and the Cox family (of Cox Media Group) ($100 million).

Lisa Murkowski

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As expected, there was a 50–50 tie on the final vote, with all Democrats and independents, along with two Republicans (Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski), voting in opposition to DeVos, while the other fifty Republican senators voted in support of the confirmation, including Senator Jeff Sessions, who himself had been nominated by the Trump administration for the post of United States Attorney General. Later on February 1, 2017, two Republican U.S. Senators, Susan Collins from Maine and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, came out against the confirmation (despite supporting DeVos in committee when both of them voted to move her nomination to the floor), bringing the predicted confirmation vote on DeVos to 50–50 if all Democrats and independents voted as expected, meaning Vice President Mike Pence would have to break the tie.
In February 2017, Murkowski and Senator Susan Collins were the only two Republicans who voted in the Senate against Donald Trump's selection for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.