Born: July 25, 1949, in Cape
Married to Nigel Smyth. Children: Sefton.
College: Washington University, St. Louis, and University of Virginia.
My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Persistence.
I'd love to trade places for a day with: Former Fairfax Board of Supervisors chairman Kate Hanley in retirement.
Nobody knows I: Played a violin when I was a teenager.
Favorite quote: "Make it so."
Best movie I've ever seen: Ken Burns's "The Civil War" series on PBS.
Best book I've ever read: "The Comprehensive Plan for Fairfax County, Virginia" (in five volumes).
Favorite TV show of all time: The Fairfax County Planning Commission (particularly at 2 a. m.).
Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Dunkin' Donuts.
My favorite restaurant outside my district: The Blue Owl in Kimmswick, Mo. (population 207).
Favorite birthday cake: Any kind of chocolate.
Car I drive: Red.
Best car I've ever had: 1967 Mustang.
Politician I most admire: James Madison.
Favorite president: She hasn't been elected yet.
Most important influence in my life: Family.
Favorite place to vacation: What is a vacation?
Pet peeve: "An" historic . . .
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: I'll have to wait until I have been in office longer to figure that out.
Impression people have of Fairfax County that I would most like to change: Most people think that Fairfax County is a great place to live. Why would I want to change that?
Most interesting place I ever visited: Stonehenge, in Wessex, England.
Person in history I would most like to meet: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark