Ann Marie Buerkle (born May 8, 1951) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 25th congressional district, elected in 2010 in an upset of incumbent Dan Maffei. She is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life and career
Buerkle was born Ann Marie Colella in Auburn, New York, the daughter of Sadie M. (née Fiduccia) and Alfred D. "Alf" Colella. All of her grandparents were born in Italy. After graduating as a registered nurse from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse, New York, she worked at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and at St. Joseph's. She was a substitute school nurse for many years before obtaining her law degree from Syracuse University School of Law.
She has served as the Assistant New York State Attorney General since 1997. She also served one term on the Syracuse, New York Common Council.
U.S. House of Representatives
Buerkle defeated turkey farm owner Mark Bitz and activist Paul Bertan to win the Republican nomination.
Buerkle defeated incumbent Dan Maffei in the 2010 midterm election, an outcome not determined until after weeks of absentee ballot counting and precinct recanvassing, in which Buerkle emerged with a narrow 567-vote margin, of over 200,000 ballots cast. Maffei conceded the race on November 23, 2010, when it became clear that challenged votes would not change the outcome of the race.
Maffei had been favored to retain the seat. In addition to rating the district as "Leans Democratic", RealClearPolitics and other pundits thought it was an unlikely Congressional district to switch parties. Going into the election, other pundits from CQ Politics, The Cook Report, and the Rothenberg Report ranked it as "Lean Democrat" to "Democrat Favored". She was endorsed by former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Though Ann Marie Buerkle is a moderate Republican, when it comes to the issue of abortion and the issue of the right to carry fire arms, Buerkle is outspoken and definitive in position.
Throughout her campaign, one of her top endorsers was the National Rifle Association (NRA). She has recently earned an “A” rating after her ‘yea’ vote to pass the November National Right to Carry Reciprocacy Act of 2011. In addition to being a congresswoman, Buerkle is also a registered nurse, and focuses much of her energy on passing anti-abortion laws, advocating for her pro life constituents. Among her most generous donors was the special interest group, the Susan B Anthony List, an anti-abortion group. Buerkle is active in what she calls the “fight for the unborn”, describing “the right to life....(as the) most fundamental unalienable right”. Buerkle has additionally sponsored legislation to prohibit abortion coverage in heath care. Beyond the issue of abortion, Buerkle is also a non-supporter of Obama’s universal health care plan, feeling that is it a “federal take over”. She would like less governmental involvement in this aspect of society as well as all aspects of society, these views with which she shares with her Republican colleagues.
In 2011 Buerkle voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. In 2011 Buerkle voted to renew the Patriot Act. On September 16, 2011 President Obama named Buerkle to serve as the U.S. representatives to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday. Buerkle was selected by John Boehner to represent the Republicans.
A native of Auburn, New York, Buerkle is a registered nurse and health care attorney. She is the mother of six and grandmother of eleven.
January 3rd, 2012