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John Bryson
37th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
October 21, 2011 – June 11, 2012
President Barack Obama
Deputy Rebecca Blank (Acting)
Preceded by Rebecca Blank (Acting)
Succeeded by Rebecca Blank (Acting)
Personal details
Born July 24, 1943 (1943-07-24) (age 76)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Stanford University
Yale University

John E. Bryson (born July 24, 1943)[1] is an American politician. He is the 37th Secretary of Commerce. The Senate confirmed him by a 74–26 vote on October 20, 2011.[2] He became Secretary on October 21, 2011. He is the former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison. He left office on June 11, 2012.

From 1976 to 1979, Bryson served as chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. From 1979 to 1982, he served as president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

After graduating from law school, Bryson helped start the Natural Resources Defense Council.[3]


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