Birthplace and date: Buffalo, N.Y.; Oct. 7, 1961.

Marital status: Married to Ann Marie.

Children: Amalia, 8; Susana, 6; and Rafael, 2.

College: Brown University; Harvard Law School; Kennedy School of Government.

Celebrity I most resemble: Bob Denver.

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Balding.

Nobody knows I: Ran three Boston marathons.

Favorite quote: "A society that loses its sense of moral outrage is doomed to extinction." -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Best movie I've ever seen: "Casablanca."

Best book I've ever read: "Common Ground," by J. Anthony Lukas.

Favorite TV show of all time: "All in the Family."

Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Cubanos [Silver Spring].

My favorite restaurant outside my district: Franklins.

Birthday cake: Carrot cake.

Car I drive: Honda CRV.

Best car I've ever had: Chevy Nova.

Politician I most admire: Ted Kennedy.

Favorite president: John F. Kennedy.

Person in history I would most want to meet: Abe Lincoln.

Most important influence in my life: My parents.

Favorite place to vacation: Northern Wisconsin.

Pet peeve: Phonies.

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I can't hit a curve ball.

Impression people have of Montgomery County that I would most like to change: Arrogant.

Perez, who has run three Boston marathons, takes a morning jog in Takoma Park. Most interesting place I've ever visited:

St. Petersburg, Russia. I'd love to trade places for a day with: Cal Ripken Jr.