President-elect Donald Trump selected former Republican Senate candidate and professional wrestling magnate Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration on Wednesday.
“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, Reuters reports:
McMahon, 68, is a co-founder and former CEO of the professional wrestling franchise WWE, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut. She ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010. She was an early supporter of Trump’s presidential campaign…
Trump said McMahon had helped the WWE grow from a 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees worldwide. Trump is a WWE Hall of Fame member.
If confirmed by the Senate, McMahon would join a Trump economic team that includes Wall Street executives Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Department and Wilbur Ross at Commerce.
Trump famously appeared with Linda’s husband Vince McMahon in the 2007 wrestling promo “Battle of the Billionaires”:
Trump needs only 51 Senate votes to confirm his Cabinet appointments.