|Occupation||Intended nominee for U.S. Department of Commerce secretary|
John Bryson was announced as President Barack Obama's intended nominee for U.S. Department of Commerce secretary on May 31, 2011. If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson would replace outgoing Commerce Secretary Gary Locke who was nominated by Obama to serve as ambassador to China.
It is anticipated that as Commerce secretary, Bryson would continue the mission of the U.S. Department of Commerce to drive U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace, strengthen the international economic position of the United States and facilitate global trade by opening up new markets for U.S. goods and services. Bryson will continue the ongoing effort to meet the President’s goal of doubling America’s exports to support millions of American jobs.
Previously, Bryson was chairman and chief executive officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison and Edison Mission Group, from 1990 to 2008.
He is a director of The Boeing Company, The Walt Disney Company and Coda Automotive, Inc., and is a senior advisor to KKR. He is chairman of the board of BrightSource Energy, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) Board of Overseers. He also serves as co-chairman of the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP). Bryson is a trustee of the California Institute of Technology and a director of The California Endowment and the W. M. Keck Foundation. He serves on the Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank Americas.
Bryson was also the co-founder for the Natural Resources Defense Council and a member of a United Nation’s advisory group on energy and climate change.
Bryson has government experience. He served as president of the California Public Utilities Commission from 1979 to 1982 and as head of the California State Water Resources Control Board in 1976-79. And Bryson has been active politically, contributing about $71,000 to federal candidates and Edison’s political action committee since 1990, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Most of his direct contributions went to Democrats, including $2,400 to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California in 2009 and $1,000 to President Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign. Bryson, however, has given to several Republicans over the years, including President George H.W. Bush's reelection campaign in 1992 and former California Gov. Pete Wilson’s presidential bid in 1995.
He is a graduate of Stanford and Yale Law School.
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- Obama Names Businessman John Bryson To Commerce Post. Boston Herald.com.
- Obama Taps John Bryson For Commerce Secretary, Highlighting Green Energy Initiatives At Edison. Los Angeles Times.