Donnelly To Oppose Betsy DeVos For Ed Secretary

Jan 25, 2017

Credit Joe Donnelly

Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he will oppose Betsy DeVos -- President Trump’s pick for education secretary.

In a video posted Wednesday, Donnelly says DeVos lacks a commitment to public education. 


"I am concerned she will not prioritize efforts that are important to Hoosier families such as: expanding access to early childhood education, improving our public schools, and empowering student borrowers and reducing federal student loan debt,” Donnelly says. 

DeVos is a prominent Michigan Republican who has garnered wide support from Republicans in Congress, including Indiana’s Luke Messer (R-6th).

DeVos promoted the expansion of private school vouchers and charter schools through foundations she led. She’s overseen grants and political donations in Indiana and other states.

Her confirmation hearing is set for Tuesday. If approved, DeVos would be the first education secretary who hasn't been a public school parent or student.