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. Stanley

    I wish John & His family the very best.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tinman

    Not healthy enough for Commerce but still healthy enough to be on the Export Council??

    June 21, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Less Stressful, wouldn't have to do worldwide travel anymore

      June 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Stone

    So I guess the "felony hit and run" charges will be dropped?

    June 21, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. oreo

    so being a total violent drunk now qualifies as a health issue. got it.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • RoseMcB

      He was examined medically and the doctors stated that there were no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time. Nice try at being nasty, though.

      June 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      nah, you havent got it, not even close to getting it but do continue to hate.

      June 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SoFunny

    Southern Baptists are organizing a "Do not vote for a NON-CHRISTIAN Romney" you cannot vote for a person who wears Magic Underwear and believe that a Jesus Christ is a fraud. It ain't right!

    June 21, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Duh

    Obama: take a clue from Bryson and do the country a favor, and submit your own resignation. Mr. Obama, you have been a miserable failure as President. Where are the jobs? Where is the transparency?

    June 21, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Obama will resign right after you jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.

      June 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry Vann

      ...ah, Mr. Presidnt, pleae find "duh:" and friends a job. They have way to much time on their hands, and can only seem to mull in the hatred and prejudice of the past.

      June 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WWRRD

    The man wasn't drunk. I can only assume he had some type of epileptic seizure that caused these accidents. If he was incapacitated due to a seizure I hope doctors can help him.

    Time for you partisan trolls to stop your attacks just because you don't like the Obama administration. I don't like Obama's policies either, but this is probably a good man that deserves a whole lot better treatment than this.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • thetruth

      what insight do you have to make these comments...oh that's right you live in the feel good world

      June 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike58

    And he was doing a great job as Commerce Secretary!!!!
    He had the commerce flowing

    June 21, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rachel

    Seizure? LMAO

    June 21, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. The_dude

    He had to leave for health reasons. Obama made him sick.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. DoDa

    Swallowing Obama's economic and trade policies would make anyone sick.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff in San Diego

      Exports have nearly doubled, but nice try

      June 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry Vann

      ...or exports would double under President Obama. Which is true!

      June 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert

    More "Micky Mouse" from the Obama administration. Notice that Obama's nominee for Iraq ambaasador suddenly dropped out due to scandal. More "Micky Mouse" How about those classified info leaks from the White House. Can't wait for Mitt and professional administration.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cedar rapids

    except every indication suggests that he wasnt. never mind hey?

    June 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim McDonald

    Another obama loser leaving the sinking ship.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Terry Vann

    How many times must I advise you and others not to confuse people with the facts!

    June 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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