AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A state Senate leader from Maine has been appointed regional administrator of the federal Small Business Administration.

The agency on Tuesday announced the appointment of Sen. Seth Goodall, D-Richmond, as head of the SBA region encompassing Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Goodall, an attorney, has been active in economic development and small business issues during his legislative terms, which began in 2008. He currently serves as Senate majority leader. He co-chaired the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future and serving as a ranking member on the Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Reform and Fairness.

Goodall plans to assume the SBA post following the adjournment of the Legislature. He will replace Jeanne Hulit, who is transferring to the SBA in Washington.

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