Former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon has been sworn in to lead the Small Business Administration.
Following deeply contested votes for Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education), Jeff Sessions (Attorney General) and Tom Price (Health and Human Services), the Senate plans to confirm three more of President Donald Trump's cabinet nominations this week. However, McMahon was introduced at her confirmation hearing by Connecticut's U.S. Senators Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, both Democrats who gave the Greenwich resident high praise.
McMahon helped WWE grow from about a dozen employees into an enterprise with more than 800.
The American Bankers Association applauded McMahon's confirmation.
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The move comes after a Senate panel voted 18 to 1 in McMahon's favor. Sen.
McMahon's ties to Trump are the oddest of the lot: at the culmination of a staged feud, Trump once body-slammed her husband, legendary wrestling promoter Vince McMahon, and shaved his head in the middle of a wrestling ring on live television. The Republicans have a 52-48 majority in the Senate. I look forward to working with the SBA staff.
McMahon, a Republican who helped build turn the WWE from one of a number of regional wrestling promotions into the world's premiere sports entertainment business, stepped away from the company in 2009 to focus on the first of two U.S. Senate campaigns.
He said by making the SBA administrator a Cabinet-level position, and having "a leader of McMahon's stature" leading the agency, the President-elect was sending a "clear signal to small businesses and entrepreneurs and workers that their interests were of the highest importance".