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Obama to nominate businessman to lead Commerce Dept.

The White House confirms to NBC News this story below by the AP -- President Obama will nominate businessman John Bryson to be the administration's next Commerce secretary. He'll do so at a White House event at 1:15 pm ET.

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.