Trump picks WWE’s Linda McMahon for SBA job

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon smiles while talking with volunteers while visiting a campaign office in East Lyme, Conn., Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. McMahon and Democratic opponent Chris Murphy are vying for the Senate seat now held by Joe Lieberman, an independent who's retiring. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will nominate wrestling executive Linda McMahon to serve as administrator of the Small Business Administration, a Cabinet-level position.

Trump says McMahon will be a “champion for small businesses and unleash America’s entrepreneurial spirit all across the country.”

McMahon is the co-founder and former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, the professional wrestling organization.

She ran two expensive, contentious, yet ultimately unsuccessful campaigns for the U.S. Senate in her home state of Connecticut. She’s also a sought-after Republican donor.

In a statement, McMahon says she’s honored to join an economic team that will “promote our country’s small businesses and help them grow and thrive.”