Dick DeVos of the powerful DeVos family of Michigan has revealed that the DeVos family is now getting behind Republican presidential nominee Marco Rubio. In an interview with the Detroit News, Dick said the family was at first behind Jeb Bush. However Bush’s poor showing at the South Carolina primary and subsequent withdrawal from the race, led the DeVos family to support a new candidate, Marco Rubio. Dick hopes that his family’s public endorsement of the Florida senator will help him to build momentum in time for the upcoming Michigan primary which will take place on March 8th.
The DeVos family is known for being a major supporter and donor of the Republican party (Read more here: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/dick_devos_weighs_in_on_house.html). In fact Dick, once ran for governor of Michigan on the Republican party platform, but ultimately lost. The DeVos family is a strong backer of conservative principles that the Republican party considers vital in its campaign.
Back to the DeVos family’s support of Republican candidate Marco Rubio, the DeVoses have pledged to contribute significant amounts of money to the senator’s presidential nomination campaign. Donations will be made both directly to Marco’s campaign and to his super political action committee or super PAC.
Dick believes that Marco Rubio would be an excellent candidate for presidency. He believes the junior senator has the vision, leadership, perspective and experience to serve as president of the United States of America. Dick knows Marco Rubio from the days when Rubio served as speaker of the Florida state house of representatives. During his tenure as speaker of the house, Rubio along with then governor Jeb Bush helped push through legislation to allow greater choice of schools for parents. This is a cause that Dick has himself promoted and continues to promote in his home state of Michigan.
Dick DeVos is a billionaire and one of the heirs to the direct selling company Amway founded by his father Richard DeVos. Dick served as CEO of Amway for almost 10 years before stepping down (Learn more about him in this MLive feature). He is actively involved himself in strengthening education in his hometown of Grand Rapids and for greater school choices in Michigan. DeVos also donates to the arts, educational institutions and charities that help people in poverty through the foundation he and his wife run.