In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate confirmed former wrestling executive Linda McMahon today to lead the Small Business Administration. Before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised McMahon, who ran twice for U.S. Senate unsuccessfully in CT. She was a Republican nominee in CT in 2010 and 2012.
A Senate panel moved her nomination forward by an 18-1 vote. The SBA, President Trump, and small businesses across America will benefit from her unique journey and success as well as her passion for women's entrepreneurship and leadership.
Along with her husband Vince, the McMahons founded Titan Sports, Inc.in 1980.
The confirmation hearings for McMahon were downright cordial compared to those of Betsy DeVos and Rex Tillerson.
Since then, McMahon became a major Republican donor and fundraiser, contributing $5 million to now-President Donald Trump's foundation and $200,000 to a super PAC that ran anti-Bernie Sanders ads.
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Murphy said, "Congratulations to Linda McMahon on her confirmation as head of the Small Business Administration".
"Small businesses are the engine of our national economy", McMahon said upon her confirmation.
In her new, Cabinet-level role, McMahon will oversee a federal agency with more than 2,000 employees that offers a range of programs and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs, including access to financing, technical assistance and government contracting.
The real estate mogul's affiliation with the wrestling world may come as a shock to mere mortals, but hardcore WWE fans will remember the moment he shaved off Vince McMahon's hair.