Born: Dec. 16, 1943, in Eugene, Ore.

Married to Harold M. Gross since Sept. 19, 1970. Children: David, Sabra and Pamela.

College: University of Oregon.

Celebrity I most resemble: Apparently Elaine McConnell. (Several times lately, people outside of Mason District have said, "Hello, Supervisor McConnell.")

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Fairness and a positive attitude.

Best book I've ever read: "Eleanor and Franklin," by Joseph P. Lash, is a favorite.

Favorite TV show of all time: "Hawaiian Eye," "77 Sunset Strip," "Surfside 6." Current faves are "JAG" and any "Law and Order" iteration.

Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Foxfire Grill in Pinecrest Shopping Center.

My favorite restaurant outside my district: McCormick & Schmick's, especially in downtown Washington.

Favorite birthday cake: Chocolate.

Car I drive: Ford Focus wagon.

Best car I've ever had: 1971 Volkswagen hatchback.

Politician I most admire: Former senator Wayne Morse (D-Ore.).

Favorite president: John F. Kennedy (D).

Person in history I would most like to meet: George Gershwin.

Most important influence in my life: My mother and grandmother.

Favorite place to vacation: On a cruise ship.

Most interesting place I ever visited: Israel.

Pet peeve: People who call me Peggy instead of Penny.

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I only respond to Democrats. Being a supervisor means working with everyone, regardless of party affiliation. There is no such thing as a Democratic streetlight or a Republican pothole; they're all people issues, not partisan issues.

Impression people have of Fairfax County that I would most like to change: Fairfax County is not an amorphous blob of development; it has wonderful neighborhoods, people who really care about each other and a great quality of life.

Gross at a 2003 candidates forum.

I'd love to trade places for a day with: A Frank Lloyd Wright museum guide at Fallingwater.

Best movie I've ever seen: "The Philadelphia Story."