Commerce secretary resigns for health reasons
June 21st, 2012
11:14 AM ET

Commerce secretary resigns for health reasons

Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned, telling President Obama he's doing so for health reasons, according to a statement obtained by CNN.

Read the resignation letter (PDF)

Bryson was under investigation for possible felony hit-and-run after allegedly causing two car accidents in California. A Commerce Department spokeswoman said that Bryson, 68, had suffered a seizure when the two accidents occurred Saturday.

Obama has accepted his resignation, according to a statement released by the White House.

His statement in full is below:

Last night I accepted the resignation of John Bryson as Secretary of the Department of Commerce. I want to extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to John for his service over the past months, and wish him and his family the very best.

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. 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. I am grateful that he brought that invaluable experience and expertise to my administration, and am pleased that he has agreed to continue supporting our efforts to strengthen the economy and create good jobs by serving as a member of my Export Council going forward.

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.

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  1. John P. Tarver

    The blood test results must be complete, good bye doper.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian in DC

    Is he wasted in that photo? His eyes are all jacked up and crooked.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Go Romney go! - Hoorah!"

    Notice how they they had a replacement already standing by in the wings? A doctor nevertheless? The Commerce Department must be sick., to have asked if there's a doctor in the house. 😮

    June 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Go Romney go! - Hoorah!"

    @Brian in DC
    Wish I had the right phone to see that. One eye smacked in your forehead. The othern smack into your chin. And your nose popped plumb back, comming through the back of your skull. Yeah. I could see you might of had a siezure. 🙂

    June 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pete

    Good luck to you Mr.Bryson,I hope with time and the proper care all will be well again take care God Bless...

    June 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. programas de nominas

    Lo siento siempre que esto hiere hacia alguien pero la certeza no se halla siempre unos mar sobre nubes respecto de confitura rosa, placentero tambi�n blandita en el cual

    July 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
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