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.