WASHINGTON – The United States Senate unanimously confirmed late last night the nomination of Karen Gordon Mills to serve as Administrator of the Small Business Administration. The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Wednesday held a confirmation hearing and unanimously reported the nomination to the full Senate. More information from the hearing is available here.

“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,” Small Business Committee Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., said. “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 Ranking Member Snowe. “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.”