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President-elect Trump names Betsy DeVos education secretary

November 23, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos
Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. Photo by AP/Carolyn Kaster

West Michigan will be represented in the Trump administration.

The Associated Press reported this afternoon President-elect Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos education secretary.

“Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate,” said Trump, the AP reported. “Under her leadership, we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back, so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families.”

The former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman is the second woman to be named to Trump’s cabinet, following Wednesday morning’s announcement of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

As with all cabinet picks, DeVos must be confirmed by the Senate.

The selection comes following a meeting Saturday with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, The Detroit News reported.

DeVos, 58, is a charter school advocate and GOP donor, along with her husband, Dick DeVos. She is board chair of the American Federation for Children. She's also a supporter of the Common Core, which has drawn complaints from some Republicans, according to the AP.

“The status quo in education is not acceptable,” said Betsy DeVos, the AP reported. “Together, we can work to make transformational change that ensures every student in America has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential.”

Betsy DeVos and Dick DeVos never publicly supported Trump during the campaign, but several other DeVos family members supported a fund to elect Trump and other GOP candidates, according to The Detroit News.

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