Ann Marie Buerkle
Ann Marie Buerkle, a life-long Central New Yorker, proudly represented the people of New York State’s 25th Congressional District in the 112th Congress.
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.
Ann Marie was sworn into Congress on January 5, 2011. While in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Buerkle served on the Foreign Affairs, 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 United Nations.
During her time in Congress, Ann Marie worked to create a better America for the next generation. She advocated for policies that would put an end to reckless government spending, grow the nation’s economy, and bring relief to the middle class, seniors, and veterans.
Currently, Ann Marie serves as a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). She was appointed to the agency by President Barack Obama in May of 2013 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2013. The term expires in October 2018.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ann Marie has six grown children and fifteen 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.