The Cabinet selections that most directly affect veteran owned small business are in. President Trump has not made a selection for the Director of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFFP).
On July 29, 2014, the U.S. Senate voted 97–0 to confirm McDonald as President Barack Obama‘s choice to succeed General Eric Shinseki as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and on July 30, 2014 he was sworn into office.
On June 29, 2014, it was widely reported that U.S. President Obama would nominate McDonald to fill the Cabinet position of United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. On July 7, 2014, Obama formally nominated McDonald to the post.
On June 30, 2014, President Obama announced his nomination for the eighth Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald, former CEO of Procter & Gamble. President Obama cited McDonald’s business background and experience revitalizing organizations in his decision. Obama said, “[W]hat especially makes Bob the right choice to lead the VA now is his three decades of experience in building and managing one of the world’s most recognized companies, Procter & Gamble. The VA is not a business, but it is one of our largest departments . . . . And the workload at the VHA alone is enormous . . . .” Obama added, “Bob is an expert at making organizations better. In his career he’s taken over struggling business units. . . . putting an end to what doesn’t work; adopting the best practices that do; restructuring, introducing innovations, making operations more efficient and effective. In short, he’s about delivering better results.”
On July 23, 2014, the United States Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs voted unanimously to forward McDonald’s nomination to the full Senate. On July 29, 2014, the Senate confirmed McDonald in a 97-0 vote.
David Jonathon Shulkin (born 1959) is the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was nominated by President Donald Trump and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on February 13, 2017. Prior to becoming the VA Secretary, Shulkin served as the Under Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2015 until 2017 in the Obama administration.
He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He also served as president of Morristown Medical Center and as vice president of Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization.
He has been Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital.
His other academic positions have included Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University College of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Shulkin has been the editor of Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and Hospital Physician, and has been on the editorial boards of several journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association. He founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc., a consumer-oriented information service.
Shulkin has written a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and other professional publications.
Maria Contreras-Sweet (born 1955) served as the 24th Administrator of the Small Business Administration from 2014 to 2017. She was formerly the executive chairwoman and founder of ProAmérica Bank, a commercial bank focusing on small to mid-sized businesses with a specialty in the Latino community. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Contreras-Sweet immigrated to Los Angeles, California and has since been involved in both the private sector founding a private equity firm and in public service as the California Secretary of Business, Transportation, and Housing under Governor Gray Davis.
On January 15, 2014, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to join his Cabinet as head of the Small Business Administration. She was confirmed as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration by voice vote on March 27, 2014. She assumed that role on April 7, 2014.
Linda McMahon (born 1948) is an American professional wrestling magnate and politician who is currently the designate to be the 25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration, under the Trump Administration.
McMahon was active with the WWE from 1980 to 2009. During this time, the company grew from a small regional business in the North East to a large multinational corporation. As President and later CEO of the company, she initiated the company’s civic programs, Get REAL and Smackdown Your Vote. She occasionally made on-screen appearances, most notably in a wrestling “feud” with her husband which climaxed at WrestleMania X-Seven. McMahon and her husband became wealthy through WWE’s success, and the McMahon family name is now synonymous with the professional wrestling industry.
In 2009, McMahon left the WWE to run as a Republican for a seat in the United States Senate from Connecticut, but lost to Democratic Party nominee Richard Blumenthal in the general election of 2010. She was the Republican nominee for Connecticut’s other Senate seat in the 2012 race, but lost to Democratic Representative Chris Murphy.
On December 7, 2016, President Donald Trump announced the official nomination of Mrs. McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. The Senate confirmation hearing began as scheduled on January 24, 2017. On February 1, 2017, her nomination was approved by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on an 18–1 vote.
Mrs. McMahon was confirmed by the full Senate on February 14, 2017, with a vote of 81-19.