Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who was involved in two car crashes on Saturday, has taken medical leave, the White House announced Monday night. The Commerce Department said earlier on Monday that he suffered a seizure. Rebecca M. Blank will serve as acting secretary of Commerce.
“Secretary Bryson informed the White House tonight that he will be taking a medical leave of absence from his position as Commerce Secretary as he undergoes tests and evaluations," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. "The President’s thoughts are with Secretary Bryson and his family during this time. Secretary Bryson assured the White House that the Commerce Department staff will not miss a beat in their work helping America’s businesses compete.”