- "The name 'Van Buren' is a name that has always stood for integrity."
- —Van Buren[src]
Van Buren is the former mayor of Central City.
In January 2018, Van unveiled Kord Industries' new R&D research facility in Central City, proudly declaring it to be completely protected against any meta-human attacks. Suddenly, the entire building seemingly disappeared (courtesy of Dwarfstar), much to Van's frustration.
After recent events, Van began a campaign to restore the city's faith in public servants; when CSI Barry Allen was cleared of all charges in the murder of professor Clifford DeVoe, she ordered captain David Singh to indefinitely suspend Barry from the CCPD until he could unambiguously prove his innocence due to the unclear details in the case. During this period, Van also requested a personal meeting with the mysteriously-returned "DeVoe".