The 68-year-old former energy executive gave President Barack Obama his resignation letter late Wednesday and informed department employees of his action Thursday morning.
“I feel privileged to have been part of the progress we have made together for our businesses and workers as they ‘build it here and sell it everywhere,’” Bryson said in his letter. “In my personal capacity, I will continue to do everything I can to support the president and America’s businesses as they continue to advance innovation, U.S. competitiveness, and prosperity for our people in the months and years ahead.”
Bryson “fought tirelessly for our nation’s businesses and workers, helping to bolster our exports and promote American manufacturing and products at home and abroad,” Obama said in a statement Thursday. “John has proven himself an effective and distinguished leader throughout his career in both the public and private sectors, from his success in the business world to his work leading on issues in the renewable energy industry.”
Like many of his predecessors, Bryson leaves the department as a relative unknown. He wasn’t a presence on the Sunday morning talk shows and kept a limited public schedule, despite his role overseeing the administration’s major economic initiatives on manufacturing, trade and tourism.
We here at Blatherwatch wish him well, and hope that the seizures are not a symptom of a more serious illness. This is your weekend open thread.