Ann Marie Buerkle, an Auburn native who represented central New York in Congress from 2011 to 2013, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Trump nominated Buerkle to lead the commission for a seven-year term beginning Oct. 27, 2018. The start date would coincide with the end of her existing term as a member of the panel.
In 2013, she was nominated by then-President Barack Obama to fill a seat on the commission and serve out the remainder of a seven-year term. She was confirmed by the Senate one month after the White House announced the nomination.
Shortly after Trump was sworn in this year, Buerkle was named acting chair of the commission.
The commission's goal is to protect the public from consumer products. In March, members of the panel announced a new federal standard for infant bath tubs.
In May, the commission advised consumers to stop using LayZ Board Hoverboards after two children were killed in a Pennsylvania house fire.
Buerkle, 66, was born and raised in Auburn. She worked as a registered nurse after graduating from the St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in 1972. She earned a bachelor's degree at Le Moyne College in 1977.
Seventeen years later, in 1994, she graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law.
She served as an assistant New York state attorney general from 1997 through 2009. After leaving that post, she announced her bid for the Republican nomination in the 25th Congressional District, which included all of Onondaga County and the northern part of Cayuga County.
In 2010, Buerkle secured the GOP nod and defeated U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, a Democrat, by 648 votes.
She served one term in Congress. She lost to Maffei in 2012.
Buerkle's nomination is subject to Senate approval. That likely won't be an issue. The Senate is controlled by Republicans and led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recommended Buerkle for the Consumer Product Safety Commission post in 2013.