President Obama to Nominate Former Energy Executive John Bryson as Secretary of Commerce

May 31, 2011 11:31am

At 1:15 p.m. ET today, President Obama will announce that he is nominating John Bryson to be his next Secretary of Commerce.

Bryson is former chairman, CEO, and president of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, which provides energy for much of Southern California. In 1970, he was one of two co-founders of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Bryson is also on the board of directors of Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC News.

He has also served as a director of The Boeing Company since 1995, a trustee of the California Institute of Technology, a director of the W.M. Keck Foundation and the California Endowment, and was a director of Western Asset Income Fund from 1986 to 2006. He is a non-executive chairman of the board of BrightSource Energy, Inc. and of the board of overseers of Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson would replace the current Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, whom the president has nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to China. The former ambassador, former GOP Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, is currently weighing a presidential campaign.

-Jake Tapper

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