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Commerce secretary Bryson resigns in wake of car crashes

Jun. 21, 2012 - 12:07PM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments
President Obama has accepted the resignation of Commerce Secretary John Bryson, above.
President Obama has accepted the resignation of Commerce Secretary John Bryson, above. (File photo / AFP via Getty Images)

Commerce Secretary John Bryson resigned Wednesday, nearly two weeks after he had a seizure that caused two car crashes in California.

President Obama announced Bryson’s resignation Thursday morning in a statement.

“As secretary, John fought tirelessly for our nation’s businesses and workers, helping to bolster our exports and promote American manufacturing and products at home and abroad,” Obama said. “John has proven himself an effective and distinguished leader throughout his career in both the public and private sectors, from his success in the business world to his work leading on issues in the renewable energy industry.”

Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank will continue serving as acting secretary for the time being, Obama said.

“I am confident that Dr. Rebecca Blank will serve the American people well as acting secretary and that the Commerce Department staff will continue their tireless work putting forward policies that help our workers and businesses compete,” Obama said.

Bryson had a seizure while driving June 9 and collided with two cars within five minutes. He was cited for a hit-and-run and was treated at a hospital after the crashes. He took medical leave June 11 to deal with his health issues.

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