Born: March 30, 1950, in Boston.

College: Maryknoll College and Harvard University.

Celebrity I most resemble: I asked my wife. She says Richard Gere but with glasses.

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: My sense of humor. (But I asked my mother. She says it's my charm.)

I'd love to trade places for a day with: The Washington Post editorial writer.

Nobody knows I: Do community theater.

Favorite quote: "The credit belongs to those people who are actually in the arena . . . who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions to a worthy cause; who at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -- Teddy Roosevelt

Best movie I've ever seen: "A Man for All Seasons" and "The Lion in Winter."

Best book I've ever read: Nonfiction: "Letters and Papers From Prison," by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Fiction: "Herzog," by Saul Bellow.

Favorite TV show of all time: "I, Claudius."

Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: The Government Center cafeteria.

My favorite restaurant outside my district: Any of the restaurants in Little Italy, Baltimore.

Car I drive: Toyota Camry.

Best car I've ever had: 1970 VW Bug.

Politician I most admire: Abraham Lincoln.

Favorite president: Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Person in history I would most like to meet: Thomas Jefferson.

Most important influence in my life: My high school history teacher.

Favorite place to vacation: Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Cape Cod, Mass.

Most interesting place I ever visited: Guatemala.

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I'm tall and handsome. I'm not really that tall.

Impression people have of Fairfax County that I would most like to change: That we're rich and don't have needs.

Married to Catherine Smith. Children: Caitlin Rose, 13. Pets: Dog, George Washington; cats, Sally Hemmings and Harriet Tubman; parrot, John Adams.Favorite birthday cake: From Victoria's Cakery, white chocolate with raspberry filling.

Pet peeve: People who talk in movies.