Birthplace and date: Annapolis; Feb. 18, 1944.

Marital status: Married to David Sheehan.

Children: Brendan, 24, and Christopher, 27.

College: BA, George Washington University; master's degree in education administration, University of Massachusetts.

Celebrity I most resemble: Margaret Thatcher.

Pets: Karma (dog).

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: My hair.

I'd love to trade places for a day with: No one.

Nobody knows I: Am shy.

Best book I've ever read: "Crime and Punishment," by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Favorite TV show of all time: "Lassie."

Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Rams Head.

My favorite restaurant outside my district: Grace's Fortune in Bowie.

Car I drive: Crown Victoria.

Best car I've ever had: Volkswagen Fastback.

Favorite president: George Washington.

Most important influence in my life: My family.

Favorite place to vacation: Maine.

Most interesting place I have ever visited: Too many to list.

Pet peeve: Dishonesty.

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I am a nice lady only because I'm a politician.

Impression people have of Anne Arundel County that I would most like to change: That we are unsophisticated.

Janet Owens at home in Millersville with her husband, David Sheehan, and their dog, Karma. The politician Owens most admires: the late Shirley Chisholm.Owens rates "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" as the best movie she has seen. The person in history Owens would most like to meet: Mother Teresa.