Birthplace and date: Baltimore; July 21, 1951.
Marital status: Married to Len Beidle.
Children: Nick, 27; Nate, 22; Lyndsey, 21.
College: Towson University.
Pets: Golden retriever, Brandy.
Celebrity I most resemble: Some say actress Courtney Cox Arquette.
My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Confidence.
I'd love to trade places for a day with: U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Nobody knows I: Wanted to go to medical school.
Favorite quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has," attributed to Margaret Mead.
Best movie I've ever seen: "Big."
Best book I've ever read: "A Prayer for Owen Meany," by John Irving.
Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Linthicum Luncheteria.
My favorite restaurant outside my district: Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania or PAZO in Baltimore.
Favorite cake: Ms. Wanda's hot milk cake with buttercream frosting.
Car I drive: 2001 Toyota Solara Convertible.
Best car I've ever had: 1994 BMW 325Ci convertible.
Politician I most admire: Legendary longtime Maryland comptroller Louis L. Goldstein.
Person in history I would most want to meet: John F. Kennedy.
Most important influence in my life: My mother.
Favorite place to vacation: Bar Harbor, Maine.
Most interesting place I ever visited: Munich, Germany.
Pet peeve: People who wait in a long line at the grocery store and then do not have their money or choice of payment ready.
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I am impatient.
Impression people have of Anne Arundel County that I would most like to change: That our property taxes are high, when they are really one of the lowest in Maryland.
Jimmy Carter.Her favorite TV show of all time: "Friends."