Maine Sen. Seth Goodall (D-Richmond), considered an advocate for credit unions, was recently appointed regional administrator of the SBA’s New England district office.
According to the Maine Credit Union League, in his new role, Goodall will preside over SBA state offices and programs in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. SBA Administrator Karen Mills made the appointment.
Goodall is scheduled to resign from his Senate post when the current legislative session adjourns later this month, the league said. Appointed the Senate Majority Leader, he is currently serving a third term. According to local media reports, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) said he will seek to succeed Goodall as the majority leader.
John Murphy, president of the Maine CU League, said although credit unions lose an ally in Goodall when he leaves the Senate, his new SBA regional administrator post will continue to serve credit unions as well as small businesses.
"Senator Goodall has always been extremely responsive to credit unions and the small businesses we serve across Maine, and he frequently notes the assistance and support he received from his local credit union when his business was just starting out and how appreciative he is of that support,” Murphy wrote in a reference letter to the SBA on Goodall’s behalf, the league said.
Goodall applauded the support he received from his credit union when started a landscape business, according to the league.