There are few political figures more polarizing than President Donald Trump. With that being said, President Trump was elected to the White House on a massive wave of voter enthusiasm and a return to nationalist norms. President Trump rose to prominence by never being afraid to speak what was on his mind while simultaneously standing up for the ‘outsider’. This led President Trump to tout that he would fill his Cabinet with outsiders who are willing to put America First instead of old conventional political interests. Among President Trump’s many Cabinet members is Betsy DeVos, a quiet and unassuming Republican from the state of Michigan who has been tabbed as a revolutionary in the world of conservative education reform. Betsy DeVos was selected to take on the role of the Secretary of Education and now she’ll be tasked with taking President Trump’s hype and making it all a reality.
Betsy DeVos is simultaneously the most interesting member of President Trump’s Cabinet and the least well-known. Betsy DeVos comes to Washington D.C. from the state of Michigan where she spent the bulk of her adult life working to engineer change within the realm of education by focusing on aspects that Conservatives strongly believed in. DeVos has spent more than thirty years fighting for education reform in the world of public education and she has done so as a private citizen, never holding federal or state-level office. Betsy DeVos knows that she will have crosshairs on her agenda as she takes office and it will be due in large part to her lack of resume. With that being said, DeVos has never flinched from anything in her entire life and that means she will be ready to fight for what conservatives believe in while operating at the Department of Education.
As one of the freshest faces in Washington D.C., speaking from an experience standpoint, DeVos knows that all eyes will be on her as she moves within the inner workings of America’s largest ‘swamp’. DeVos has found herself under attack early on in her career as she was narrowly confirmed by the Senate, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to take the floor in order to cast a tie-breaking vote. After assuming office, DeVos was quick to get to work to show that she was more than just an icon of a movement, she was an engineer of the education movement herself. After taking her position in the Department of Education, DeVos would call an important meeting between the prominent leaders of the major teacher’s unions in the United States. DeVos wanted to put her hand on the pulse of America’s educational system and see face-to-face what the leaders therein desired going forward. Most of the union leaders rejected her invitation to meet but those that did accept, including Randi Weingarten, found DeVos to be so much more than a soft-spoken and endearing individual. Weingarten admits, and many others will soon follow, that DeVos is more than just a public figure — she’s a bulldog who believes in what she is fighting for.
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