Senate confirms Linda McMahon to lead Small Business Administration

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Linda McMahon, former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, as the next head of the Small Business Administration.

She stepped away from her role in the business, which she ran with her husband, Vince, for two bids for the US Senate beginning in 2009.

The WWE grew from modest beginnings to a publicly traded global enterprise with several hundred employees in offices worldwide.

Ahead of the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., said McMahon would prioritize growing jobs over growing government bureaucracy. She unsuccessfully ran for Senate in CT in 2010 and 2012.

McMahon, a 68-year-old Republican from Greenwich, was approved by a 81-19 vote, getting the support of many more Democrats than most of President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees.

Wrestlemanias IV and V were held at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, earning the President a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame. His biggest appearance was in 2007, billed as a "Battle of the Billionaires", at WrestleMania 23 between him and Vince McMahon, and it ended with Trump shaving the head of his antagonist.

Hassan and Shaheen said they were glad to hear McMahon express support for the SBA as a cabinet-level, stand-alone agency.

Veterans Administration director David Shulkin was confirmed late Monday in a unanimous vote of 100-0, minutes after a more hard confirmation of controversial Wall Street investor Steven Mnuchin to be US Treasury secretary.

The SBA is best known for the small business loans it makes and the disaster aid it provides to companies and entrepreneurs.

  • Zachary Reyes