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Senate Confirms Karen Gordon Mills as SBA Chief

Story posted April 03, 2009

The U.S. Senate on April 3, 2009, unanimously confirmed the nomination of Karen Gordon Mills, wife of President Barry Mills, to serve as Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

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Karen Gordon Mills

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a confirmation hearing Wednesday, April 1, 2009, and unanimously reported the nomination to the full Senate.

"Small business is the backbone of the American economy," Mills said upon her confirmation.

"The SBA has a vital role to play in supporting our nation's small businesses so that they can be the key driver in getting our economy moving again. I look forward to leading this critical agency at this important time."

"The unanimous confirmation of Karen Mills to serve as SBA Administrator further shows that she is the right person to lead the agency at this crucial time," said Small Business Committee Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La.

"Ms. Mills' background as an entrepreneur and community leader coupled with her vast experience and education put her in the right position to assume the reigns of the SBA. I am confident that, under her leadership, the agency will be better equipped to assist small businesses throughout the country."

"I am thrilled that the Senate has approved Karen Mills' nomination unanimously," said the committee's ranking member, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.

"Karen is a talented and intelligent entrepreneur, and she will bring her vast experience, remarkable intellect and exceptional creativity to the SBA as a strong and passionate advocate for America's 27-million small businesses. I was so proud to have recommended to the President that Ms. Mills, a fellow Mainer, serve as our next administrator of the SBA, and I look forward to partnering with her on bold initiatives to tackle America's economic problems."

Watch the April 1 confirmation hearing here.

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