The Senate confirmed President Obama’s nominee to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA) by voice vote Thursday.

Maria Contreras-Sweet will replace Karen Mills as the administration's leader.

The SBA provides loans and advice to small businesses across the country.

“Small businesses create two out of three jobs in this country,” Senate Small Business Committee Chairwoman Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellEnergy commission sees no national security risk from coal plant closures OPEC and Russia may raise oil output under pressure from Trump Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers MORE (D-Wash.) said. “To have someone like Maria Contreras-Sweet is critical for us.”

Contreras-Sweet was a community banker in California before being nominated for the post.