Birthplace and date: Newark; June 6, 1949.
Marital status: Separated.
Children: Jessica Elyse, 28, and Allison Beth, 25.
College: George Washington University; American University's Washington College of Law.
Pets: James Madison and Dolly Madison, cats.
Celebrity I most resemble: George "Spanky" McFarland [of "The Little Rascals"].
My most notable characteristic or personality trait: My exuberance.
I'd love to trade places for a day with: A public safety worker.
Nobody knows I: Have a compost pile in my back yard.
Favorite quote: "Never give in -- never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." -- Sir Winston Churchill, 1941 speech at Harrow School.
Best movie I've ever seen: "The Longest Day."
Best book I've ever read: "Profiles in Courage" by John F. Kennedy.
All-time favorite TV show: "The Little Rascals."
Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: The Flaming Pit [Gaithersburg].
My favorite restaurant outside my district: Sabatino's.
Birthday cake: Chocolate ice cream cake.
Car I drive: Toyota Camry.
Best car I've ever had: Toyota Camry.
Politician I most admire: The late senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson of Washington state.
Favorite president: It's a tie between Abraham Lincoln and Harry S. Truman.
Person in history I would most want to meet: Winston Churchill.
Most important influence in my life: My maternal grandparents.
Favorite place to vacation: Caribbean islands.
Most interesting place I've ever visited: Colombia, South America.
Pet peeve: Intolerance for others.
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I am intemperate.
Impression people have of Montgomery County that I would most like to change: That it's a land of milk and honey.