Linda McMahon

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Linda McMahon
Linda McMahon official photo.jpg
25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Assumed office
February 14, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMaria Contreras-Sweet
Personal details
BornLinda Marie Edwards
(1948-10-04) October 4, 1948 (age 70)
New Bern, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Vince McMahon (m. 1966)
EducationEast Carolina University (BA)

Linda Marie McMahon (née Edwards; born October 4, 1948) is an American professional wrestling magnate and politician.[1] She is the 25th and current Administrator of the Small Business Administration since February 14, 2017. McMahon was active with the WWE (WWF until 2002) from 1980 to 2009. She has been married to Vince McMahon since 1966.

Early life[change | change source]

McMahon was born Linda Marie Edwards[2] in New Bern, North Carolina, the daughter of Evelyn and Henry Edwards.[3][4] She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from East Carolina University.

WWE business career[change | change source]

McMahon was active with the WWE from 1980 to 2009. During this time, the company grew from a small regional business in the North East to a large multinational corporation.

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.[5]

United States senate campaigns[change | change source]

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.[6][7]

McMahon was the Republican nominee for Connecticut's other Senate seat in the 2012 race, but lost to Democratic Representative Chris Murphy.[8]

Administrator of the Small Business Administration (since 2017)[change | change source]

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.[9] McMahon was confirmed by the full Senate on February 14, 2017, with a vote of 81-19.[10]

Personal life[change | change source]

McMahon married Vince McMahon in 1966. Together they had two children: Shane and Stephanie. McMahon is a Roman Catholic.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hernandez, Raymond (October 5, 2009). "A Senate Candidate Accustomed to Being Thrown in the Ring". The New York Times.
  2. "WrestleMania in Connecticut". The Weekly Standard. July 19, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
  3. Dempsey, Bobbi (October 11, 2008). "Wrestling the Details". New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
  4. Drucker, Joel. ""Let the Critics Snipe; Pro Wrestling Honcho Vince McMahon Will Tell You, "We're About What People Want"". Cigar Aficionado. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
  5. "WWE says CEO resigns, names chairman as new CEO". Reuters. September 16, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
  6. Cillizza, Chris (July 26, 2010). "The Fix: For rich candidates who invest in themselves, no reliable returns". The Washington Post.
  7. Vigdor, Brian (November 3, 2010). "Blumenthal scores a knockout". GreenwichTime. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  8. Peterson, Kristina (November 6, 2012). "Democrat Chris Murphy Wins Connecticut Senate Seat". The Wall Street journal.
  9. Pramuk, Jacob (December 7, 2016). "Trump picks wrestling magnate Linda McMahon to lead Small Business Administration". MSNBC.
  10. "Senate confirmation vote PN48". February 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  11. Drake, Bruce. "What Is Linda McMahon's Religion?". Retrieved June 9, 2012. Archived November 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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