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Kathy Patterson

Thursday, January 6, 2005; Page DZ14

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)

_____D.C. Council, In Private_____
What do city officials do, and where do they go, when they're not on duty? Their answers can be surprising.
Anthony A. Williams, Mayor
Linda W. Cropp, Council Chair
Jack Evans, Ward 2
Carol Schwartz, At-Large
David A. Catania, At-Large
Phil Mendelson, At-Large
Kwame R. Brown, At-Large
Jim Graham, Ward 1
Kathy Patterson, Ward 3
Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 4
Vincent B. Orange Sr., Ward 5
Sharon Ambrose, Ward 6
Vincent C. Gray, Ward 7
Marion Barry, Ward 8

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.

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