Bryson Resigns After Seizure, Car Accidents Commerce Secretary informs president of resignation By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jun 21, 2012 10:38 AM CDT 4 comments Comments In this February 23, 2012 file photo, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson speaks about privacy at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Newser) – After taking a leave of absence earlier this month after a seizure and a series of car accidents, Commerce Secretary John Bryson is stepping down, Politico reports. He informed the department's employees today in a letter obtained by the Wall Street Journal, and said he has submitted his resignation to President Obama. "I have come to the conclusion that I need to step down to prevent distractions from this critical mission" of building the US economy, he writes. His deputy, Rebecca Blank, will serve as acting secretary.