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Birthdate: May 8, 1951
Birth Place: Auburn, NY, United States
Residence: Syracuse, NY
First Elected: 2010
Ann Marie Buerkle was born in Auburn, N.Y., and resides in Syracuse. She received a nursing degree from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing and a bachelor's degree from Le Moyne College. In 1994, at age 43, she received a law degree from Syracuse University.
She has worked at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and as a substitute school nurse.
She became an assistant New York state attorney general in 1997, representing the state on behalf of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
She was elected to Congress from New York's 25th District in 2010.
Buerkle is divorced and has six children.
Ann Marie Buerkle was a tea party-backed candidate and a newcomer to state and federal politics when she defeated freshman Rep. Dan Maffei for New York's 25th Congressional District in 2010 by the narrowest of margins _ 648 votes.
The two will meet again in November 2012 election for the redrawn 24th District. The race is considered among the most competitive House races in 2012.
Buerkle describes herself as a fiscal conservative, arguing that the federal government "should have a limited role in our life." She wants lower taxes and reduced regulations for the private sector and to get "the government out of the role of creating jobs."
After losing an election for an at-large seat on the Syracuse Common Council, she was appointed to fill a vacancy in 1994. She became an assistant New York state attorney general in 1997, representing the state on behalf of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
Buerkle has pushed to repeal the 2010 health care reform bill, which she called a victory for big government and "an affront to our Constitution." In July 2012, for the second time in two years, she voted to repeal the law.
Like other Republicans, she found herself on the defensive during her re-election campaign for her support of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal. Maffei raised more money than Buerkle in the first quarter of the year, in part by attacking her support for the Ryan proposal, in particular its potential effects on Medicare.
She signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising to oppose federal tax increases.
The district is anchored in the Syracuse region, covering all of Onondaga, Cayuga and Wayne counties and a portion of Oswego County.
Source: Associated Press
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