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The Senate confirmed WWE co-founder Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration on Tuesday.

McMahon, 68, who along with her husband Vince turned World Wrestling Entertainment into a $1.5 billion business, received bipartisan support by a vote of 81-19.

McMahon had unsuccessfully run for Senate twice in Connecticut. Her opponent in 2012, Sen. Chris Murphy, called her "unquestionably qualified" to head the SBA.

McMahon, who stepped down as CEO of WWE in 2009, said her goal is to "revitalize a spirit of entrepreneurship in America." She said strengthening a small business disaster relief program would be her first priority.

President Donald Trump has had a long friendship with the McMahon's and WWE. Trump is a member of the WWE hall of fame after his long association with the company. The Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J., hosted two Wrestlemanias in the 1980s, and Trump has made several memorable appearances at wrestling matches over the years.

"After trading in his favorite television catchphrase ‘You’re fired!' for a national promise to ‘Make America Great Again,' Donald Trump won his first presidential campaign against key contender Hillary Clinton and officially took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, to become the 45th President of the United States — the first time in history a WWE Hall of Famer would ever hold the distinguished title of U.S. Commander-in-Chief," WWE says on its website.

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Elizabeth Harrington is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Elizabeth graduated from Temple University in 2010. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she worked as a staff writer for CNSNews.com. Her email address is elizabeth@freebeacon.com. Her Twitter handle is @LizWFB.