Born: Aug. 17, 1936, in Holden, Mass.
Widowed. Children: Christiane Gigi, 35.
College: College of the Holy Cross, Georgetown Law, George Washington University.
Pet: My grand-dog Joop.
Celebrity whom I most resemble: Telly Savalas.
My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Play on words (not PUNNY).
I'd love to trade places for a day with: Gov. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.).
Best movie I've ever seen: "Le Jour le Plus Long" ["The Longest Day"].
Best book I've ever read: "Marcus Aurelius."
Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Elsie's Magic Skillet.
My favorite restaurant outside my
district: Le Refuge, Alexandria.
Favorite birthday cake: Angel food cake (it's so heavenly!).
Car I drive: Old beat-up BMW and Cream Puff I (our Ford truck).
Best car I've ever had: 1963 Volvo.
Politician I most admire: Abraham Lincoln.
Person in history I would most like to meet: George Washington.
Most important influence in my life: My mom, who raised us, and my lovely wife, Carmen.
Favorite place to vacation: Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Most interesting place I ever visited: Normandy, France.
Pet peeve: People who don't listen.
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I'm an extrovert.
Impression people have of Fairfax County that I would most like to change: That we are so affluent that we can afford to do anything and everything.
Favorite president: Harry S. Truman (D).Hyland, pictured in 2002.
Favorite TV show of all time: "The West Wing."