THE HONORABLE ANN MARIE BUERKLE (R-NY, 2011-2013)
Ann Marie Buerkle, a life-long Central New Yorker, proudly represented the people of New York State’s 25th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.
The third oldest of five children, Ann Marie Buerkle was born in Auburn, New York; her grandparents were all immigrants to the United States from Italy. She attended elementary and high school in Auburn, and worked in her parent’s grocery store, the Mohican Market. A witness to the strong work ethic of her parents, Ann Marie was raised to believe that through hard work she could achieve the American dream.
She graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1972 and went to work in New York City’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. In 1977, she graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
In 1991, Ann Marie returned to college, this time to earn her law degree. She graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 1994 with a Juris Doctorate degree.
She worked in a private law firm, and in 1997 was appointed, by then Attorney General Dennis Vacco, as an Assistant New York State Attorney General representing the State of New York on behalf of Upstate Medical University. For 13 years she served in this capacity, and in 2010 she took a leave of absence in order to pursue a seat in congress.
During her tenure in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Buerkle served as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Oversight & Government Reform, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Additionally, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as one of two Congressional Representatives to the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations from 2011 to 2012.
While in Congress, Ann Marie strived to implement policies that would improve the nation’s economy, reduce wasteful government spending, provide tax relief to the middle class, and ensure veterans had access to the resources and care that they earned.
In May of 2013, Ann Marie was nominated to serve as a Commissioner at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and officially sworn in on July 5, 2013, to a term that expires in October 2018. She was named Acting Chairman of the agency on February 9, 2017. In July 2017, President Donald J. Trump nominated Ms. Buerkle to be permanent Chairman and to an additional seven year term to the Commission.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ann Marie has six grown children and seventeen grandchildren. Her love for the United States and her desire to give her kids and grandkids the same opportunities that she has had inspires her in all that she does.