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|25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration|
February 14, 2017 – April 12, 2019
|Preceded by||Maria Contreras-Sweet|
|Succeeded by||Chris Pilkerton (Acting)|
Linda Marie Edwards
October 4, 1948
New Bern, North Carolina, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Vince McMahon (m. 1966–present)|
|Education||East Carolina University (BA)|
Linda Marie McMahon (née Edwards; born October 4, 1948) is an American professional wrestling magnate and politician. She is the 25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration serving from February 14, 2017 to April 12, 2019. McMahon was active with the WWE (WWF until 2002) from 1980 to 2009. She has been married to Vince McMahon since 1966.
WWE business career
As President and later CEO of the company, she created the company's civic programs, Get REAL and Smackdown Your Vote. She occasionally made on-screen appearances, most notably in a wrestling "feud" with her husband which climaxed at WrestleMania X-Seven. McMahon and her husband became wealthy through WWE's success, and the McMahon family name is now synonymous with the professional wrestling industry.
United States senate campaigns
In 2009, McMahon left the WWE to run as a Republican for a seat in the United States Senate from Connecticut, but lost to Democratic Party nominee Richard Blumenthal in the general election of 2010.
Administrator of the Small Business Administration (2017 – 2019)
On December 7, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration when he takes office. McMahon was confirmed by the full Senate on February 14, 2017, with a vote of 81-19.
On March 29, 2019, it was officially made public by the Trump administration that McMahon would be stepping down as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. The resignation took effect on April 12, 2019. On April 15, 2019, McMahon was officially named Chairman of America First Action, a pro-Trump Super PAC.
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- First PAC, America (April 15, 2019). "Some BIG NEWS from #AmericaFirst: Welcome to the team, @Linda_McMahon! We are honored to have you as our next Chairman.". Twitter. https://twitter.com/AmericaFirstPAC/status/1117763162563125249.
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- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org (2010)
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org (2012)
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- East Carolina University Alumni Profile