U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has something of a polite demeanor when she is in pubic. She definitely is a team player when it comes to being a member of the Cabinet of President Donald Trump. With that said, DeVos is a tenacious and skilled politician behind the scenes.
DeVos is willing to take a strong position regarding issues in discussions with the President and other members of the Administration behind the scenes. In other words, she is willing to advocate mightily for her position when it comes to a particular issue. However, when the President makes a final decision, even if it differs from the stance for which she advocated, DeVos backs the President 100 percent.
An example of the efforts of DeVos behind the scenes is illustrated by the President’s decision to change Obama-era policy in regard to bathrooms in public schools. The Obama Administration had a policy in which students could utilize a bathroom based on the gender with which they identified. Trump elected to reverse this determination.
Behind the scenes, DeVos resisted this change. She quietly worked to keep the existing policy in place. She called a meeting with a representative of gay and transgender employees in the Department of Education. She wanted to give her employees a heads up of what was coming down the pike, and to advise of what had been her personal position regarding the change.
Once the President made his announcement, she stood by Trump. It was impossible to discern that there had been any disagreement between the two regarding this issue. In fact, DeVos spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference shortly after the policy change. During the speech, she referenced the Obama bathroom policy as an example of federal overreach, again despite her personal concerns about Trump’s decision to change policy in this regard.
In coming to the nation’s capital, DeVos frequently has been underrated. Indeed, she had a difficult time winning confirmation as Secretary of Education in the first instance. She won approval only when the Vice President, as President of the Senate, stepped in and voted to break a tie vote.
This idea that DeVos is not recognized for her skills is foreign to people back home in her home state of Michigan. In Michigan, DeVos was heavily involved in politics, including in regard to issues about education. She is a leading proponent of choice when it comes to education.
DeVos served as the Chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. Her husband ran for Governor. She has been heavily involved in philanthropic efforts for use, devoting both her time and money. DeVos herself was raised in a family of means. Her husband, Dick, is the son of the founder of AmWay.
Her position as U.S. Secretary of Education was not her first foray into the nation’s capital. DeVos served on the board of directors of the Kennedy Center, having been appointed by President George W. Bush. While at the Kennedy Center, she started and funded an education program associated with that institution. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/betsy.p.devos/