Former WWE Executive McMahon Scores Convincing Win As Senate Confirms Her For SBA

By Savannah Smith, The Goldwater · 02-15-2017
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Unlike most other similar " games", where nominees served as embattled warriors in fierce fights where strong party lines are drawn, former wrestling executive Linda McMahon simply breezed through her nomination as head of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to secure a convincing, almost unanimous victory.

McMahon joins President Donald Trump's cabinet as the Senate voted 81-19 in her favor. McMahon's easy journey towards confirmation is in stark contrast to other intense battles along party lines for most of Trump's nominees.

McMahon brings to the position her remarkable experience as former CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. which she guided to its impressive growth starting with just about a dozen employees to a venture that counts more than 800 workers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel gave his utmost confidence in McMahon as he said she will prioritize growing jobs over growing government bureaucracy.

McMahon stepped down from WWE in 2009 to run for the Senate. She lost bids in 2010 and 2012, reportedly spending $100 million of her own money for the campaigns. Interestingly though, both of her previous Democrat opponents from Connecticut, Richard Blumerthal and Chris Murphy, endorsed her nomination to lead the Small Business Administration.

The SBA that McMahon is poised to head is recognized for giving small business loans and for providing disaster aid to companies and entrepreneurs. The agency which has a budget of nearly $1billion annually also has the function of monitoring government officials' compliance with contract laws.

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