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October 20, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
Former Southern California utility executive John Bryson was confirmed Thursday by the Senate to be President Obama's next Commerce secretary. Obama's nomination of Bryson initially had run into opposition from Senate Republicans who threatened to withhold support until three long-awaited trade pacts came to fruition. Congress approved the trade agreements last week. With Obama poised to sign the trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia into law Friday, the nomination cleared the Senate.
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June 25, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker was confirmed Tuesday as President Obama's secretary of Commerce in a 97-1 Senate vote. Pritzker, a Democratic mega-donor whose family founded the Hyatt Hotel chain, was the president's 2008 campaign finance chair and a 2012 campaign co-chair. Her nomination moved with relative ease in the Senate at a time when Republicans have objected to other choices Obama has made to fill out his second-term Cabinet. The nation has been without a full-time Commerce secretary since John Bryson resigned nearly a year ago after suffering  a seizure that led to two hit-and-run accidents near his home in San Marino, Calif.
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BUSINESS
June 22, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
John Bryson, the former Southern California utility executive nominated to be Commerce secretary, promised senators that he would have a "relentless focus" on job creation as he tried to ease concerns that his environmental views were too liberal. Bryson, 67, faced some tough criticism during his confirmation hearing Tuesday for favorable comments he made in 2009 about legislation to limit carbon emissions. The concerns were largely from Republicans but also came from Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.)
BUSINESS
March 18, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, who has held the job since John Bryson resigned for medical reasons in June, is stepping down to become chancellor of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she said Monday. Blank told her staff in an email that she would leave sometime before July, when her new job begins. "I expect to welcome a new secretary of Commerce before I leave," wrote Blank, a former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
By nominating former Edison International executive John E. Bryson to be his next Commerce secretary, President Obama continued his outreach to a business community that has been critical of his administration. Bryson, 67, spent nearly a quarter of a century at the Rosemead power company — including 18 years as its chief executive — before stepping down in 2008. He is best known for being at the helm during California's electricity crisis in 2000-01, which nearly bankrupted the company's Southern California Edison electric utility.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
John Bryson's work life has bounced from environmental activist to California regulator to utility company executive and now to nominee for Commerce secretary. But his career so far has been defined by the one stop he never made — Bankruptcy Court. As chief executive of Edison International, Bryson fought tirelessly to keep the company from collapsing during the California electricity crisis a decade ago. He went on TV to beg customers to conserve energy. And he forged controversial deals with state officials to avoid the fate of fellow utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co., drawing the wrath of consumer groups for locking in high electricity rates to keep Edison out of bankruptcy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1985 | ELIZABETH VENANT
When Dr. Armand Hammer wanted to talk to one of his Occidental Petroleum executives who was sailing, he sent a helicopter to drop a bottle with a message inside to call headquarters. Another employee, traveling cross country, once was stopped by a gas station attendant with instructions to phone the boss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2005 | Claudia Luther, Times Staff Writer
John Bryson, a photojournalist for Life and other magazines who assembled books on actress Katharine Hepburn and industrialist Armand Hammer, died Wednesday. He was 81. Bryson, who had lived in Malibu and East Hampton, N.Y., died in his sleep at a retirement home in Brookings, Ore., said his daughter, Mary Bryson Baechler. A native of Brownwood, Texas, Bryson began his career as a photographer and picture editor at Life after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2012 | Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee
John Bryson knows what it's like to be in crisis mode. His 18-year stint as chief executive of Edison International included a tumultuous stretch a decade ago when he fought to keep the company afloat during the California electricity crisis. Now, as the nation's newly installed Commerce secretary, Bryson, 68, faces major challenges amid the slow economic recovery. At home, he must try to convince skeptical corporate executives that the Obama administration is not anti-business.
NEWS
May 8, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John E. Bryson, chief executive of Edison International, never imagined his charmed life would come to this: working 16-hour days. Laying off employees. Swallowing his pride and begging for regulatory relief. It's early January and the heart of his company--the Southern California Edison electric utility--is going down like an old battered ship. No one will help him save it. Once-trusting consumers think Bryson is greedy. Legislators are confused. The governor seems distant.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- President Obama, who has faced criticism that he has been hostile to big business, reportedly is considering two major corporate chief executives for positions in his second-term Cabinet. American Express Co. Chief Executive Kenneth Chenault has been approached by White House officials about succeeding Timothy F. Geithner as Treasury secretary or serving in another role, such as Commerce secretary or a top advisor to Obama, Bloomberg News reported. Xerox Corp. Chief Executive Ursula Burns also is being considered for Commerce secretary, Bloomberg said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
In the weeks after former Commerce Secretary John Bryson's bizarre series of hit-and-run collisions in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said his blood tests would be pivotal in deciding whether to file criminal charges. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County prosecutors revealed that Bryson tested positive for a small amount of Ambien, a popular sleep aid, after he was found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus last month. But authorities concluded the accidents were caused by a seizure Bryson suffered and said he should not face criminal charges in connection with them.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned, saying the seizure that he suffered on June 9 that led to two San Gabriel Valley hit-and-run accidents could be a distraction in the job. "I have concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as Secretary and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership of the Department," Bryson wrote to President Obama in a letter dated...
NEWS
June 11, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
President Obama said he learned Monday about Commerce Secretary John Bryson's weekend auto accidents in California, which apparently were caused by a seizure, but said he has not yet spoken with the Cabinet member. “My hope is that he is doing all right,” Obama said in a White House interview with KITV from Sioux City, Iowa. “We're still trying to find out. It sounds like it was health-related in some way, but we're going to make sure obviously that he gets the best care, and we'll be able to make a determination from there.” Bryson, the former chief of Edison International, struck cars in San Gabriel and Rosemead before police found him unconscious in his Lexus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
John Bryson returned to Pasadena's Polytechnic School last week as a proud father and a dynamic figure in state and national politics. His own daughters had graduated from the highly regarded school. Now he had been invited to deliver the commencement address, with a remarkable story to share - the ascent of the son of a sawmill operator to the elite ranks of both the environmental movement and big business, then confirmation as President Obama's secretary of Commerce. On Thursday evening, in front of more than 1,000 people, Bryson urged Poly's 91 graduates to stay curious and to be good stewards of the world.
NATIONAL
June 11, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Suffering a seizure while behind the wheel, as U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson reportedly did, is extremely rare but is far more likely to end in death than seizures suffered elsewhere, according to federal transportation experts. A spokeswoman for Bryson, who was cited for felony hit-and-run after his car struck two other vehicles Saturday evening in the San Gabriel Valley, said Bryson had suffered a seizure . "He was taken to the hospital for examination and remained overnight for observation.
OPINION
June 21, 2011
John Bryson's nomination to be President Obama's next secretary of Commerce has been met with the predictable combination of delusion and obstructionism that characterizes the modern confirmation process. Some Senate Republicans vow to hold him hostage to the passage of several long-sought free-trade agreements; others insist they will reject him based on his presumed politics, which they wish were more like theirs. None has advanced an argument worthy of defeating this nomination, and though sensible people will withhold a final judgment until after Bryson is questioned, his credentials are encouraging, as are the endorsements of those who know him. Bryson is a familiar figure in Los Angeles.
NEWS
October 1, 1990 | LARRY B. STAMMER and MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Twenty years ago, John Bryson helped found one of the nation's most aggressive environmental organizations. Today, the former environmental activist takes over as chairman and chief executive officer of one of Southern California's largest polluters. The significance--and irony--of Bryson's ascendancy to the top job at Southern California Edison Co. and its corporate parent, SCECorp, has not been lost on either the business community or the environmental movement.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Urging Republicans to reauthorize funding of the Export-Import Bank, Commerce Secretary John Bryson said that losing the institution and its vital role in the economy would be "unacceptable. " Many in the GOP have been blocking the Obama administration's proposed reauthorization, under which the bank's total lending authority would increase to $140 billion by 2015 from the current $100-billion cap. "Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank should be a straightforward, sound and simple decision," Bryson said Friday.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2012 | Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee
John Bryson knows what it's like to be in crisis mode. His 18-year stint as chief executive of Edison International included a tumultuous stretch a decade ago when he fought to keep the company afloat during the California electricity crisis. Now, as the nation's newly installed Commerce secretary, Bryson, 68, faces major challenges amid the slow economic recovery. At home, he must try to convince skeptical corporate executives that the Obama administration is not anti-business.
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