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Obama Taps ‘Green’ Exec and Yale Law Grad John Bryson as Next Commerce Secretary

Posted May 31, 2011 3:53 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A 67-year-old Yale Law School graduate with extensive experience as corporate executive in energy companies has been tapped by President Barack Obama to be the next U.S. Commerce Secretary.

John Bryson formerly served as chief executive officer of Edison International for 17 years and is currently chairman of BrightSource Energy Inc., which develops solar power plants, reports Bloomberg.

Before joining Edison he also helped found the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, and was president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

As a business executive and energy expert, Bryson "understands what it takes for America to succeed in a 21st century global economy," Obama said in a White House press release today. ”John will be an important part of my economic team, working with the business community, fostering growth, and helping open up new markets abroad to promote jobs and opportunities here at home.”

Additional coverage:

E2Wire (The Hill): "Issa blasts Commerce nominee as 'green evangelist'"

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