CT’s Linda McMahon Confirmed to Lead Small Biz AdministrationFebruary 14, 2017
Linda McMahon’s confirmation was notable for the bipartisan support behind her, including two former rivals — Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed former two-time Connecticut candidate Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA). McMahon was confirmed with bipartisan support, on an 81-19 vote.
McMahon’s confirmation hearing in January was notable for its introductory speakers: former McMahon rivals Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). Both praised McMahon’s business background and thought she is the right choice to lead the SBA.
McMahon earned the support of all 52 Republicans, as well as 28 Democrats, and one liberal independent (Angus King of Maine). Of the 19 senators who opposed McMahon, 18 are Democrats and one (Sanders, Vermont) is a liberal independent.
Several Democrats who opposed McMahon — Sanders, Warren, Gillibrand, Booker, Baldwin, and Brown — are rumored presidential candidates for the 2020 election.
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