Birthplace and date: Boston; Nov. 19, 1962. I first moved to Maryland in 1964.
Marital status: Married to Soraia since December 1989.
Children: Daniel, 10, and Francisco, 6.
College: University of California at Berkeley.
Celebrity I most resemble: Brad Pitt.
My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Self-confidence (see answer to "Celebrity I most resemble").
I'd love to trade places for a day with: My kindergarten-age son.
Nobody knows I: Commute to work on my motorcycle.
Best movie I've ever seen: "Robin and Marian," starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn.
Best book I've ever read: The multivolume biography of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro.
Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Benjarong on Rockville Pike.
My favorite restaurant outside my district: Las Mananitas in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Birthday cake: I don't really like cake, but I love pecan pie.
Car I drive: 1999 Mercury Villager minivan and Piaggio BV 200 motorcycle.
Best car I've ever had: 1970 Volkswagen Beetle.
Politician I most admire: Abraham Lincoln.
Person in history I would most want to meet: Martin Luther King Jr.
Most important influence in my life: My parents.
Favorite place to vacation: Mexico.
Most interesting place I've ever visited: Israel.
Pet peeve: Lack of transit connection between Silver Spring and Bethesda.
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I am angry at them, when, in fact, I simply feel passionately about the issue under discussion.
Impression people have of Montgomery County that I would most like to change: That we are a wealthy community without human-service needs. In fact, we are an increasingly urban, diverse and challenged community with the largest population of foreign-born residents in the state.