5 faith facts to know about the Education secretary | #Education


The position for which Betsy DeVos has been confirmed — secretary of Education —  is one of the least powerful in the Cabinet, in terms of its budget and position in the line of succession to the presidency.

And yet, after a confirmation hearing in which she struggled to answer questions, some Senate offices had received more calls opposing DeVos than any other Cabinet nominee.

As president of the Senate, Vice President Pence cast the tiebreaking vote Tuesday to confirm the businesswoman and philanthropist as Education secretary. It is the first time a vice president has cast the deciding vote on a Cabinet nominee.

DeVos is the chair of Michigan-based investment and management firm The Windquest Group. She has been active in politics for more than 35 years, according to her website; mostly recently, her focus has been on school choice.

Here are five faith facts about DeVos:

1. DeVos has roots in the Christian Reformed tradition.

DeVos grew up in the Christian Reformed Church and graduated from schools affiliated with the tradition: Holland Christian Schools in Holland, Mich., and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.



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