AKA Linda Marie Edwards
Birthplace: New Bern, NC
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Wrestling, Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Former CEO of WWE
Linda McMahon is the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, who resigned in 2009 to run unsuccessfully for US Senate in Connecticut. She ran as a Republican, but was moderate enough to have occasionally supported Democratic causes and candidates. She supported choice in abortion, the wars in the Middle East, and the 2009-10 Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) federal bailout for high finance and banks. She is the wife of wrestling mogul and former champ Vince McMahon.
In the WWE board room she was described as "the brains behind the brawn". Her significant accomplishments include negotiating the early television contracts that established WWE as the dominant force in wrestling, and successfully lobbying to reclassify WWE as "entertainment" instead of a sporting competition. This exempted WWE from millions of dollars in taxes levied on legitimate sports but not on theatrical productions, and from regulations requiring pre-match physicals for athletes, and the presence of state-certified medical aid at ringside. WWE memos seem to implicate her as a knowing participant in the the wrestling circuit's long-time "look the other way" policy on steroids, but she was also CEO when WWE began taking serious action against its steroids problem in 2005.
In some memorable on-stage WWE appearances, McMahon — or rather, the fictional Linda McMahon character that she played — suffered a nervous breakdown in 2000, and was committed to a mental hospital. She later returned in a wheelchair, from which she dramatically rose to kick her husband in the groin during a 2001 match. After 2005, her WWE character was re-conceived as a heel (villain), and she was called into the ring in her position as CEO to again kick her husband in the groin. "I don't play CEO," she frequently said when she ran WWE, "I am the CEO."
Father: Henry Edwards
Mother: Evelyn Edwards
Husband: Vince McMahon (WWE performer and executive, m. 6-Aug-1966)
Son: Shane McMahon (WWE executive, b. 15-Jan-1970)
Daughter: Stephanie McMahon (WWE executive, b. 24-Sep-1976, m. Triple H)
High School: Havelock High School, Havelock NC (1966)
University: BS Education, East Carolina University (1969)
Administrator: Trustee, Sacred Heart University (2004-)
World Wrestling Entertainment CEO (1994-2009)
Member of the Board of World Wrestling Entertainment (1980-2009)
Connecticut State Official Board of Education (2009-10)
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Every Republican is Crucial PAC
Forward Together PAC
Friends of Joe Lieberman
Friends of Rahm Emanuel
It's My Party Too
Make a Wish Foundation National Advisory Council (2005-)
National Federation of Republican Women
National Republican Senatorial Committee
Our Common Values PAC
Republican Leadership Council
Republican Majority for Choice
Restore Our Future
Romney Victory Inc.
Starlight Children's Foundation
United Service Organization
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