Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s push to be the Republican flag bearer in the 2016 US Presidential election got a massive boost recently. This is after West Michigan business honcho Dick DeVos indicated that he and his larger family are backing the candidate. In a one on one chat with a correspondent from The Detroit News, DeVos indicated that though the family initially supported Jeb Bush for the presidency, his withdrawal from the race made them shift their allegiance to Rubio.
The announcement was made ahead of the Michigan primaries, with Dick hoping that it would help the family galvanize enough support for the Senator before then. The DeVoses have also promised to donate significantly to the Senator’s push for the presidency. They will directly contribute to the campaign kitty or the campaign’s steering committee. The family will also use its extensive connections to rally other families and the general public to turn out in large numbers and support Rubio.
Dick and Rubio have come a long way. They became acquainted in between 2006 and 2008 when the latter was the Speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives. Rubio in partnership with the governor at that time Jeb Bush helped pass a statute that allowed parents to have a wider variety of schools for their children. The DeVoses were dedicated to that noble cause, which increased access to education for kids in Florida. Dick hopes Rubio will build on his impeccable past to bring reform to the American society.
Dick DeVos in Brief
He is an American of Dutch ancestry and was born on 21st October 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, thus his strong ties to the Netherland Institute. His parents are Richard DeVos and Helen DeVos. He is an alumnus of Northwood University, from where he has received a distinguished alumni award. From a young age, he was involved in the family business Amway, started by his father. This laid the background of his corporate career. At 19 years, he officially joined the family business where he held various management positions. By 30, he had risen to be one of Amway’s Vice Presidents and was responsible for the firm’s setups in 18 nations.
Besides business, he supports the Republican Party and heavily vouches for its candidates. He is also engaged in philanthropy with his wife Betsy through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation, of which he is the president. Its supports different noble causes around the globe.