Obama to name Bryson as Commerce head

Tuesday - 5/31/2011, 1:07pm EDT

By JULIE PACE
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House official says President Barack Obama will nominate businessman John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department.

Bryson is the former chairman and CEO of Edison International, a California-based energy company. Bryson was also the co-founder for the Natural Resources Defense Council and a member of a United Nation's advisory group on energy and climate change.

If confirmed by the Senate, Bryson would replace outgoing Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. Obama nominated Locke to serve as ambassador to China.

Obama will announce Bryson's nomination at the White House later Tuesday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the appointment ahead of the president.

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