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Meet Your New Commerce Secretary

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Late last night, the Senate voted to confirm John Bryson to head the U.S. Department of Commerce

Late last night, the Senate voted to confirm John Bryson to head the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Bryson is a man with a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. For nearly two decades, he was the CEO of Edison International, a California-based energy company. He has served on the boards of some of America's leading companies, including Disney and Boeing. And as a young man, straight out of law school, he helped to found the Natural Resources Defense Council.

President Obama released the following statement:

As Secretary of Commerce, John Bryson will be a key member of my economic team, working with the business community to promote job creation, foster growth, and help open up new markets around the world for American-made goods. At such a critical time for our economy, I nominated John because I believe his decades of experience both in the public and private sector have given him a clear understanding of what it takes to put America on a stronger economic footing and create jobs. I’m confident he will help us do that, and I look forward to working closely with him in the months and years ahead.

Mr. Bryson takes over for Gary Locke -- the current ambassador to China.