Feb. 15, 2017: Ann Marie Buerkle, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June, 2013, as a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), was appointed as the Acting Chairman of the agency on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Before he joined the CPSC, Buerkle represented Upstate New York’s 25th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in Congress, Buerkle worked on the Oversight and Government Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. She was the Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health. While in Congress, Buerkle was also appointed by former President Obama as a U.S. Representative to the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Buerkle graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1972, and in 1977 she graduated from Le Moyne College with a bachelor of science degree. In 1991, Buerkle attended the Syracuse University College of Law, graduating with a law degree in 1994. The CPSC is an independent federal government agency.