Linda McMahon, who is the former CEO of WWE, was appointed by president-elect Donald Trump.
McMahon was named to serve as head of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
McMahon, who called her herself an entrepreneur, said she "shared the experiences of our nation's small business owners and will do my best to advocate on their behalf."
"My husband and I built our business from scratch, building it to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees. I know what it is like to take a risk on an idea, manage cash flow, navigate regulations and tax laws, and create jobs," McMahon said in a statement on Wednesday.
McMahon and her husband Vince created the WWE, which is based in Stamford. She ran twice unsuccessfully for senate and then, she created Women's Leadership Live, which supports women in the business world.
"Since stepping down as CEO of WWE in 2009, I have worked to help more people have the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. And for the past two years, I have educated and promoted women in entrepreneurship as CEO of a startup, Women's Leadership LIVE," McMahon said in a statement on Wednesday. "The United States has nearly 29 million small businesses. They account for 56.8 million jobs. Nearly half of all American workers are employed by a small business. When small businesses succeed, American families, American neighborhoods and the American economy as a whole thrives as well. I believe government must make it easier, not harder, for small businesses to succeed. I am excited to work with our nation's entrepreneurs and share ideas about how government can best serve them. I look forward to the confirmation process and to serving the new Administration and our nation's small businesses to the best of my abilities."
In the past, McMahon thought comments from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were too personal during the campaign and didn’t focus on the issues at the beginning.
During an interview on Face the State, she said she thought some of the comments he made about women were “over the top” and didn’t agree with them.
During an interview with the Associated Press, she admitted Trump wasn’t her first choice for president, but over the course of the campaign she said he would be a good president.
McMahon was a major donor to his campaign and gave $6 million to a pro-Trump Super PAC.
She ran two very contentious races for U.S. Senate in the past.
In a statement, Gov. Dannel Malloy said “I congratulate Linda McMahon on her selection to lead the Small Business Administration. And I wish her success supporting small businesses across the country and growing jobs in local communities. In the past, Ms. McMahon and I have worked together to support woman-owned businesses and I hope that she will continue to focus on growing the ranks of women executives in this new capacity.”
McMahon sought to take the Senate seat from Richard Blumenthal.
“Linda McMahon is a person of serious accomplishment and ability who can help create jobs by helping small businesses, as long as she is not hamstrung by the dangerous economic policies espoused by other Trump-nominated Cabinet officials," Blumenthal said in a statement on Wednesday. "The Trump Administration needs a sane and stable source of economic leadership. Small businesses are among our most important job creators, and they need support.”
Earlier this month, McMahon was a guest on Face the State. Eyewitness News asked if she was interested in a cabinet position, McMahon said she was, but there were no formal discussions or offers.
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