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Rep. Betsy Markey, Democrat of Colorado
A former systems security director in the U.S. State Department, Markey then went on to start Syscom Services, with her husband. In the early days, the business provided electronic-communications services. It eventually evolved into a consulting company focused on IT and web development. As CEO, Markey managed the company through a period of fast growth; the business ultimately ranked No. 99 on the Inc. 500. In Congress, Markey represents eastern Colorado including the Fort Collins area. A member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, she recently told a local paper that any economic recovery plan should include "significant investments in maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in rural communities."