Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who crashed his car twice after suffering a seizure early last week, has resigned, writing that “I have come to the conclusion that I need to step down to prevent distractions from this critical mission.” President Obama said in a statement:
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. [...] 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.
Rebecca Blank will continue as Acting Secretary of Commerce.