WASHINGTON – United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair, Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today made the following comment on President Obama’s nomination of Marie Collins Johns to be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration:

“Marie Johns appointment to serve as Deputy Administrator of the SBA comes at a critical times for small businesses. Currently working to foster and grow small businesses, Marie, an entrepreneur herself, has played a key role in the growth and development of technology companies in the Washington, DC area. A former business executive, and Howard University board member, Marie brings to the SBA the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure that small businesses in America have the resources to thrive. As we enter a critical phase in small business economic recovery, I look forward to working with Marie as important pieces of legislation come to our committee in the coming months.”