Ann Marie Buerkle

Ann Marie Buerkle (/ˈbɜːrkəl/ BUR-kəl; née Colella;[1] born May 8, 1951) is an American nurse, attorney, and politician. She has served as a commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) since July 2013 and became the agency's acting chairman in February 2017.[2] Buerkle was an Assistant New York State Attorney General from 1997 through 2010. She served as U.S. Representative for the New York's 25th congressional district, elected in 2010 in an upset of a Democratic incumbent. In a rematch of her 2010 contest, Buerkle was defeated by former Congressman Dan Maffei.[3] She is a member of the Republican Party.

Ann Marie Buerkle
Ann Marie Buerkle official photo.jpg
Acting Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Assumed office
February 9, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byElliot F. Kaye
Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Assumed office
July 23, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byAnne Northup
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byDan Maffei
Succeeded byDan Maffei (Redistricting)
Personal details
Ann Marie Colella

(1951-05-08) May 8, 1951 (age 68)
Auburn, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Other political
August Buerkle (m. 1972⁠–⁠1997)
EducationLe Moyne College (BS)
Syracuse University (JD)

Early life and careerEdit

Buerkle was born Ann Marie Colella in 1951 in Auburn, New York,[4] the daughter of Sadie M. (née Fiduccia) and Alfred D. "Al" Colella. All of her grandparents were born in Italy.[5] After graduating as a registered nurse from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse, New York, she worked at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and at St. Joseph's. She was a substitute school nurse for many years before obtaining her law degree from Syracuse University School of Law. She was married to August Buerkle from 1972 to 1997.[6]

She served as an Assistant New York State Attorney General from 1997 to 2010. She also served one term on the Syracuse, New York Common Council.[4] Buerkle is divorced and has six children.

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

2010 electionEdit

Ann Marie Buerkle, 2010

Buerkle defeated turkey farm owner Mark Bitz and activist Paul Bertan to win the Republican nomination.

Buerkle defeated incumbent Dan Maffei in the 2010 midterm election,[7] an outcome determined after weeks of absentee ballot counting and precinct recanvassing; Buerkle emerged victorious by a narrow 567-vote margin of over 200,000 ballots cast. Maffei conceded the race on November 23, 2010, when it became clear that challenged votes would not change the outcome of the race.[8]

Maffei had been favored to retain the seat. In addition to rating the district as "Leans Democratic", RealClearPolitics and other pundits thought it was an unlikely congressional district to switch parties. Going into the election, other pundits from CQ Politics, The Cook Report, and the Rothenberg Report ranked it as "Lean Democrat" to "Democrat Favored".[9]

Buerkle was endorsed by former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin (who labeled Buerkle a "Mama Grizzly"),[10] as well as by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.[11] Buerkle, who received substantial Tea Party support in 2010,[12] was described as having "[ridden] the tea party wave to Washington, winning an upstate New York district that leans Democratic on promises of reducing the size of government and repealing the health care overhaul."[13]


Buerkle's official congressional portrait

In 2011, Buerkle voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.[14] In 2011 Buerkle voted to renew the Patriot Act.[15] On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama named Buerkle to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, which started in late 2011. Buerkle was previously selected by John Boehner to represent the Republicans.[16]

In May 2012, Buerkle stated that she opposed the procurement practices of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with regard to security screening equipment. Speaking of a report by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (T&I) and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR), of which Buerkle was a member, she wrote, "This report is evidence that TSA is a flawed agency and is wasting the taxpayers' money. TSA has repeatedly failed to effectively procure and deploy screening equipment that actually detects threats. Making matters worse is that as complaints about the invasiveness of TSA searches continue to increase, significant amounts of state-of-the-art technology is sitting, unused in warehouses in Texas."[17]

2012 electionEdit

In redistricting, Buerkle's district was renumbered as the 24th district and made more Democratic. Buerkle was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.[18] She faced a rematch against Maffei and lost, 48.7 percent to 43.3 percent.

Committee assignmentsEdit

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionEdit

In May 2013, Buerkle was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). She was confirmed by the United States Senate and assumed the role of CPSC commissioner on July 23, 2013. Buerkle became acting chairman of the agency on February 9, 2017. In July 2017, she was nominated by President Donald Trump to become CPSC chairman.[19][20] On June 18, 2019, Buerkle withdrew her nominations to become the full-time chairman and to an additional four-year term.[21]

Electoral historyEdit

US House election, 2010: New York District 25[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ann Marie Buerkle 104,374 50.2 +8.0
Democratic Dan Maffei 103,807 49.8 -4.7
Majority 567 0.3 -10.4
Turnout 208,181 100 +23.4
US House election, 2012: New York District 24[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Dan Maffei 143,044 48.8 -1.0
Republican Ann Marie Buerkle 127,054 43.4 -6.8
Green Ursula Rozum 22,670 7.7 +7.7
Majority 15,990 5.5 +5.2
Turnout 292,988 100 +40.7

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jacquelyn Martin / AP (January 5, 2011). "Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle rushes to swearing-in ceremony, waits and misses her first House vote". Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Ann Marie Buerkle". Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Democrats flip freshman Rep. Buerkle's seat". TheHill. November 7, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). CQ Roll Call. November 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 8, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "Ann Marie Buerkle ancestry". Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  6. ^ "Buerkle, Ann Marie". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "New York Election Results". New York Times. November 3, 2010. Archived from the original on November 5, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2010.
  8. ^ Goodin, Emily (November 23, 2010). "Rep. Maffei concedes, GOP gains 63rd seat". The Hill. Retrieved November 23, 2010. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) conceded to his GOP challenger Tuesday afternoon, giving Republicans their 63rd pickup in the House.
  9. ^ CQ Politics Projected Landscape, New York's Delegation to the U.S. House Archived October 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Meghan Keneally (November 23, 2010). "Maffei Concedes, Hands Victory to Buerkle". Observer. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  11. ^ McAndrew, Mike. "Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney endorses CNY congressional candidate Ann Marie Buerkle". Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Heffner, Alexander (July 27, 2012). "New York's Tea-Party Rematch". The Wall Street Journal.
  13. ^ By $${element.Contributor} (December 5, 2011). "Tea Party Sent Buerkle Into Establishment Favor". Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  14. ^ Eisenstadt, Marnie (February 3, 2011). "People pack Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's first town hall meeting in Wayne County". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, New York. Archived from the original on February 7, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  15. ^ "H.R.514 - Roll Call #26 in the House". Archived from the original on February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  16. ^ Voght, Kara (September 16, 2011). "Buerkle, Carnahan to get U.N. roles". Politico. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 25, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ Harding, Robert (October 10, 2012). "Buerkle endorsed by National Rifle Association". Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  19. ^ Weiner, Mark (July 24, 2017). "Trump nominates Ann Marie Buerkle to chair Consumer Product Safety Commission". Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  20. ^ Straehley, Steve; Wallechinsky, David (August 10, 2017). "Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Who Is Ann Marie Buerkle?". AllGov. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  21. ^ "Statement: Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle Announces Withdrawal of Her Nominations". June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Maffei
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Louise Slaughter