Born: July 25, 1949, in Cape

Girardeau, Mo.

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?

Smith, pictured last year after her election.

Most interesting place I ever visited: Stonehenge, in Wessex, England.

Person in history I would most like to meet: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark