Anne Gorsuch Burford

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Anne Gorsuch, 1982

Anne Irene McGill Gorsuch Burford (born April 21, 1942 in Casper , Wyoming , † July 18, 2004 in Aurora , Colorado ) was an American politician and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


The daughter of a surgeon first studied at the University of Colorado , where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1961 . She completed a subsequent postgraduate study of law at the Law School of the University of Colorado in 1964. Later, she received a scholarship from the Fulbright Program and studied criminal law in India . After her admission, she worked as a lawyer and later also worked for the Mountain States Legal Foundation , a conservative organization founded in 1976 that opposed the introduction of environmental standards .

In 1977 she became a representative of the Republican Party in the Colorado House of Representatives and was a member of the House of Representatives for two terms until 1981.

In 1981 Gorsuch - her later name Burford only took on after her marriage to Robert Burford in 1983 - was appointed Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by US President Ronald Reagan . However, on March 9, 1983, she was forced to resign after congressional investigative committees discovered irregularities in the Superfund program. His successor as administrator of the EPA was then William Ruckelshaus , who had been the first administrator between 1970 and 1973.

After retiring from government service, she returned to practice as a lawyer in Colorado. She published her experiences in politics in 1986 in her autobiography Are You Tough Enough? .

In 2004 she succumbed to cancer. A son by first marriage, Neil Gorsuch , joined the United States Supreme Court on April 10, 2017 .

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