President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration.
"Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country's top female executives advising businesses around the globe," Trump said in a statement. "Linda is going to be a phenomenal leader and champion for small businesses and unleash America's entrepreneurial spirit all across the country."
Her nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.
McMahon, 68, is a Republican who endorsed Trump during the primary.
"Donald Trump is a very smart man," she told a Connecticut television station shortly after Trump won the election, per Yahoo. "He listens to people."
In 1980, she co-founded WWE with her husband, Vince McMahon. Her duties included negotiating business deals, launching wrestling merchandise, signing wrestler contracts and spearheading community outreach efforts.
After leaving WWE in 2009, McMahon unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate twice in the Constitution State. She lost to Democrats Richard Blumenthal in 2010 and to Chris Murphy in 2012.
"Our small businesses are the largest source of job creation in our country," McMahon said in Trump's announcement. "I am honored to join the incredibly impressive economic team that President-elect Trump has assembled to ensure that we promote our country’s small businesses and help them grow and thrive."
McMahon's charitable activities include serving on the boards of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.; the Close Up Foundation in Washington, and American Corporate Partners in New York.
She also is an advisory board member of SoldierStrong, which provides scholarships and rehabilitation technology for veterans.
McMahon is a graduate of East Carolina University.
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