Birthplace and date: Paterson, N.J.; Dec. 28, 1941.

Marital status: Married to Donald.

Children: Three grown children.

College: Douglass College at Rutgers University.

Pet: Comet, cat.

Celebrity I most resemble: [Actress] Nancy Marchand.

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Workaholic.

I'd love to trade places for a day with: George [W.] Bush.

Nobody knows I: Was the president of an Eddie Fisher fan club.

Favorite quote: "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." -- Neil Postman

Best movie I've ever seen: "Dirty Dancing."

Best book I've ever read: "The Fortunate Pilgrim," by Mario Puzo.

All-time favorite TV show: "M*A*S*H."

Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Seibel's [Burtonsville].

My favorite restaurant outside my district: Sam Woo [Rockville].

Birthday cake: Italian cassata [ice cream].

Car I drive: Toyota Camry.

Best car I've ever had: Toyota Camry.

Favorite president: John F. Kennedy. Person in history I would most want to meet: Abraham Lincoln.

Most important influence in my life: My mother.

Favorite vacation place: Bethany Beach.

Most interesting place I ever visited: The bridge over River Kwai [Thailand].

Pet peeve: BlackBerrys and cell phones becoming a distraction.

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: Not everything is about process.

Impression people have of Montgomery County that I would most like to change: That it is a rich, white, liberal county.

Praisner, right, sits for dinner with Nancy Dacek, president of the Board of Elections, at Il Pizzico on Rockville Pike. Politician I most admire: Eleanor Roosevelt.

Marilyn Praisner's top film is "The Bridge on the River Kwai," with Alec Guinness.