Birthplace and date: Porterville, Calif.; June 21, 1948.
Marital status: Married.
Kathy Patterson (D-Ward 3), talks with constituents Jocarol Robb, left, and Edna Small, right. Patterson said favorite quote is from the Old Testament: "Let justice roll down like waters."
(Marvin Joseph -- The Washington Post)
Children: Patrick Leibach, 20, and Gillian Leibach, 17.
College: Northwestern University; Georgetown University.
Pets: Black lab, Emery, and yellow lab, Parker.
Celebrity I most resemble: I asked my staff, and they said, "Helen Hunt; she's smart, tough and funny. Or Meryl Streep -- mostly for hair. Or Candace Bergen, for spunk."
My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Honesty.
Nobody knows I: Was an Army brat; lived in Alabama, Texas and Germany before settling in California at the age of 9.
Favorite quote: "Let justice roll down like waters." -- Amos 5:24.
Best book I've ever read: "Middlemarch" by George Eliot.
Favorite TV show of all time: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Birthday cake: My grandmother's cinnamon cake, like I make it.
Car I drive: Ford Explorer; Saab convertible on weekends, when it's my turn.
Best car I've ever had: Kelly green 1972 Karmann Ghia.
Politician I most admire: Mario Cuomo.
Favorite president: Jimmy Carter. For integrity.
Person in history I would most want to meet: Queen Elizabeth I.
Most important influence in my life: My kids.
Pet peeve: Metro riders who wrap themselves around poles and don't share space; drivers who wait till I've stopped behind them to turn on their left turn signal.
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: None. I've worked hard on my angry-woman image, and like it the way it is.
Impression people have of the District that I would most like to change: That it is poorly governed.