Birthplace and date: Takoma Park, Oct. 25, 1955.
Marital status: Married to Barbara.
Children: Michael, 24; Andrew, 22; John, 20; Thomas, 16; and Conor, 13.
College: Columbia University, New York.
Pets: Athena and Zeus, cats; Bogey, dog.
My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Making decisions and getting things done.
I'd love to trade places for a day with: Gov. Ehrlich, but for more than one day.
Nobody knows I: Wash all the dishes at home.
Favorite quote: "Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person." -- Mother Teresa
Best book I've ever read: "To Kill A Mockingbird," by Harper Lee.
All-time favorite TV show: "The Simpsons."
Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Jackie's in Silver Spring.
My favorite restaurant outside my district: Grace's Fortune in Prince George's County.
Birthday cake: Chocolate.
Car I drive: Ford Taurus station wagon.
Best car I've ever had: Ford Escort.
Politician I most admire: Harry S. Truman.
Favorite president: Abraham Lincoln.
Person in history I would most want to meet: Sir Thomas More.
Most important influence in my life: My mother, Ellie, who introduced me to politics and my wife.
Favorite place to vacation: Ocean City.
Most interesting place I've ever visited: Jerusalem.
Pet peeve: People who don't follow through on promises.
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: I'm more of a listener than a talker. But being quiet doesn't mean inactive. I listen and then go get things done.
Impression people have of Montgomery County that I would most like to change: That things here have always been -- and always will be -- great. The success we have had here is due to setting the right priorities and working hard to achieve them.