Birthplace and date: Washington; Aug. 17, 1959.

Marital status: Married to Staci Daddona.

Children: One son.

College: University of Pennsylvania; Bucknell University.

Celebrity I most resemble: Some folks have told me Brian Williams of NBC, but since I played baseball for years, I wish I resembled Ted Williams.

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Keeping my promises and fighting for what I believe in, such as the smoke-free restaurant and living-wage laws.

I'd love to trade places for a day with: Roger Federer, the world's best tennis player.

Nobody knows I: Was a pretty fair tennis player at Einstein High School and wanted to be a pro.

Favorite quote: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill's tribute to the fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force.

Best movie I've ever seen: Tie: "Chariots of Fire" (insightful and inspirational) and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (laugh-out-loud funny).

Best book I've ever read: "Invisible Man," by Ralph Ellison.

All-time favorite TV show: "Saturday Night Live," especially when Gilda Radner, Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman were on.

Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Il Pizzico in Rockville.

My favorite restaurant outside my district: Any place that serves a great steak.

Birthday cake: Baskin-Robbins mint chocolate chip ice cream cake, slightly melted.

Car I drive: Ford Focus.

Best car I've ever had: Buick Century.

Politician I most admire: U.S. Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) - a thoughtful, gutsy reformer working to reduce the power of big money in politics.

Favorite president: Harry S. Truman, because he did what he thought was right, including integrating the armed forces, which paved the way for the civil rights movement.

Person in history I would most want to meet: Theodore Roosevelt, a remarkably talented and interesting man, and a progressive reformer who courageously challenged the spoils system and monopolies -- the most powerful special interests of his day.

Most important influence in my life: My parents. When I turned 18, they gave me a membership in the good-government group Common Cause rather than a car. Ten years later, when Common Cause of Maryland hired me as executive director, I forgave them.

Favorite place to vacation: Glacier National Park, Montan -- for stunning scenery and great hiking (and the sentimental pick because my wife and I honeymooned there). San Francisco and Italy are right up there, too.

Most interesting place I've ever visited: Bryce Canyon, Utah -- a rock cathedral with incredible hues.

Pet peeve: Drivers who don't use turn signals.

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: Workaholic -- but I'm working day and night to change it.

Impression people have of Montgomery County that I would most like to change: The impression, regrettably true, that big-money development interests have excessive influence on who's elected to the County Council. Establishing smaller, single-member districts would enable grass-roots campaigns, reducing the influence of big money.

Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews practices his tennis game at Quince Orchard High School. Ben Cross in the 1981 film "Chariots of Fire."Favorite president: Harry S. Truman.