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Fall 2009 Newsmakers

PAUL DeMARCO is a rising star in Alabama state politics where he has served in the state"s House of Representatives since 2005, representing the 46th district. DeMarco, 42, holds a law degree from the University of Alabama and says he was "bitten by the legal bug" as a Boy Scout whose scoutmaster was a judge. He entered public service because he says "Birmingham has been good to my family and me, and I wanted to give back."

JENNIFER GAREIS, who stars in the CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful," was made an honorary citizen of Militello Val di Catania, Sicily, last May. She recently traced her ancestry back to the town where she found descendents of her maternal great-grandmother, Sebastiana Tringali. Her show is the most popular foreign dramatic series in Italy, broadcast weekdays on Canale 5. In the U.S., it celebrated its 22nd anniversary in March.

JOHN D. PORCARI is the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, responsible for the day-to-day operations of an agency with more than 55,000 employees here and abroad, a $70 billion budget and $48 billion in federal stimulus money. Before assuming the post in June, Porcari, 52, was secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation in charge of the state"s highways, mass transit systems, freight railroads, airports and port.

DAN TANGHERLINI is Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and chief financial officer, working on the national budget and other duties directly under U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Tangherlini, 41, was D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty"s top aid. He has worked for the federal and local governments for more than a decade and holds an MBA from the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

BUDDY VELASTRO, a master baker and cake artist, stars in "Cake Boss," a new reality show on The Learning Channel that tracks his efforts to keep Carlo"s City Hall Bake Shop in Hoboken, N.J., running smoothly. It was founded by his late father and is staffed by his entire family. Common Sense Media, which monitors the suitability of TV programs for children, gives the show three stars.