U.S. Commerce Secretary Bryson resigns
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson resigned on Thursday, two weeks after he suffered a seizure and was involved in a trio of car accidents.
Bryson, 68, went on leave two days after he hit a pair of cars on June 9 in separate incidents in California. Hospital tests reportedly found that he suffered a seizure related to an undisclosed medical condition.
In the first accident, Bryson allegedly rear-ended a car, then hit the same car again as he left the scene after talking with the occupants of the vehicle. A short time later, he struck another car and was found unconscious behind the wheel of his car.
Bryson sent a letter of resignation to President Obama on Wednesday night and told Commerce staff Thursday morning.
"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," the president said in a statement.
Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank will continue in that role, the White House said.
Before taking office in October 2011, Bryson served as director of several corporate boards, including aerospace giant Boeing Co. He was also the former chief executive of Edison International.