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.

Celebrity I most resemble: I will leave that to my wife and the pundits.