Buerkle and Robinson Confirmed for CPSC Posts

July 9, 2013 |  On June 27, members of the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of former Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) and Michigan trial lawyer Marietta S. Robinson to fill open seats on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The new commissioners participated in their first CPSC hearings today.

With the confirmation of the two presidential nominees, the CPSC will – at least temporarily – return to a full complement of five seated commissioners. Nancy Nord will leave the Commission in October, when her current term expires. Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, who has led the Commission since 2009, announced earlier this year that she would not seek a second term; she is expected to leave the Commission as soon as a replacement is confirmed.

Though commissioners are appointed for seven-year terms, Robinson, who was originally nominated by President Obama in 2012, will fill a Democratic seat vacated by Thomas Moore in October 2010; her term will expire in October 2017. Buerkle will fill a Republican spot vacated by Anne Northup in October 2011; her term will end in October 2018. 

Robinson has 33 years of practice under her belt as a trial attorney representing both plaintiffs and defendants, most recently specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury law. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Michigan Bar, and in 2000 was a candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court. [more]

Buerkle served in Congress for one term representing New York’s 25th district before she was defeated in 2012 by Democratic Congressman Dan Maffei. During her term in Congress, she was consistently conservative, a critic of the size of government and rallied against spending by federal agencies. Prior to her term in Congress, Buerkle was an assistant attorney general for New York; she is also a former nurse. [more]

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) will keep members apprised of developments.