WASHINGTON, D.C. -

John Bryson, who was involved in traffic crashes in
the San Gabriel Valley earlier this month because of what his office said had
been a seizure, has resigned as U.S. Secretary of Commerce, President Barack
Obama announced today.
"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, adding he had accepted Bryson's resignation last
night.
The 68-year-old Bryson, the former head of Rosemead-based Edison
International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, went on
medical leave after the noninjury crashes in San Gabriel and Rosemead on June
9.
He is being replaced by Rebecca Blank, who had been his deputy.