President Obama Nominates Ann Marie Buerkle for Commissioner of CPSC

May 24, 2013 | President Obama has nominated former New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle to fill the open Republican seat on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Ms. Buerkle joins the President’s Democratic commissioner nomination, Marietta Robinson. Both nominees face confirmation by the Senate before they may begin their standard seven-year terms.

Ms. 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, Ms. Buerkle was an Assistant Attorney General for New York. She is also a former nurse.

If Ms. Buerkle and Ms. Robinson are confirmed, all five CPSC leadership positions would be filled. However, Republican Commissioner Nancy Nord is expected to leave the CPSC in October, and Chairman Inez Tenenbaum has announced that she will not seek a second term, creating vacancies for the Chairman and a Republican commissioner seat.

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