"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead CPSC as Acting Chairman as the agency transitions under a new Administration," said Buerkle. "I thank Elliot Kaye for his service as our Chairman. His contributions to our agency and to safety, especially in the area of brain safety in youth sports, have been invaluable. I appreciate his friendship and support and I am so pleased he will continue to serve on the Commission. I look forward to continuing to work with him, as well as Commissioners Robert Adler, Marietta Robinson, and Joseph Mohorovic, in executing CPSC's mission.”
Prior to joining the CPSC, Buerkle represented Upstate New York's 25th Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. During her time in Congress, she served on the Oversight & Government Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Veterans' Affairs Committees. She served as Chair of the Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health. While in Congress, Buerkle was also appointed by President Obama to serve as a United States Representative to the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
While in Congress, Buerkle strived to work across party lines on policies that would improve the nation's economy, reduce wasteful government spending, provide tax relief to the middle class, and ensure veterans had access to the resources and care that they earned.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Buerkle was appointed, in 1997 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, a role she held for 13 years.