Former wrestling exec, New Bern native Linda McMahon sworn in to lead SBA

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Published: Feb. 14, 2017 at 11:44 AM EST
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Former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon has been sworn in to lead the Small Business Administration.

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath to McMahon Tuesday after the Senate voted 81-19 to confirm her. The vote was a rare display of bipartisanship compared to the conflict over many of President Donald Trump's other nominees.

McMahon attended Havelock High School and earned a BA in French from ECU in 1969. She was recognized as one of ECU's "100 Incredible Women" in 2007. Both of her parents worked at Cherry Point.

McMahon helped start and grow World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. She served as the chief executive officer at WWE before stepping down in 2009 to run for the Senate. She lost races in 2010 and 2012, spending nearly $100 million of her own money on the campaigns.

The SBA is best known for making small business loans and providing disaster aid to companies and entrepreneurs.

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The Senate has confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration.

The vote was 81-19 on Tuesday.

McMahon attended Havelock High School and earned a BA in French from ECU in 1969. She was recognized as one of ECU's "100 Incredible Women" in 2007. Both of her parents worked at Cherry Point.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says McMahon will "prioritize growing jobs over growing government bureaucracy" and calls that a welcome change from Washington.

McMahon served as the chief executive officer at World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. before stepping down to run twice for the Senate in Connecticut. She lost both races despite spending some $100 million.

The two Democrats who defeated her - Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy - backed her nomination to lead the Small Business Administration.

McMahon helped WWE grow from about a dozen employees into an enterprise with more than 800.

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