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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)

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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