Birthplace and date: Long Island, N.Y.; Aug. 13, 1964.

Marital status: Married to Mark Muckelbauer.

Children: Mark Jr., 8.

College: BA, government and politics, University of Maryland, College Park.

Celebrity I most resemble: Sorry, I'm drawing a blank.

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Perseverance ("stick-to-it-ness").

I'd love to trade places for a day with: The president.

Nobody knows I: Bite my fingernails.

Best book I've ever read: "The Greatest Generation," by Tom Brokaw.

Favorite TV show of all time: "Law & Order."

Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Atlanta Bread Company.

My favorite restaurant outside my district: Aldo's Italian Restaurant in Baltimore.

Car I drive: Dodge Stratus.

Best car I've ever had: A candy-apple red Nissan Sentra.

Politician I most admire: Rudy Giuliani.

Favorite president: Ronald Reagan.

Most important influence in my life: My paternal grandmother.

Favorite place to vacation: On a boat in the Chesapeake Bay.

Most interesting place I ever visited: Ground Zero.

Pet peeve: People who are all talk and no action.

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I never relax.

Impression people have of Anne Arundel County that I would most like to change: They can't afford to live here.

Best movie she's ever seen: "Singin' in the Rain," with Donald O'Connor, left, and Gene Kelly. Vitale's favorite cake: Strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.Cathleen Vitale and her family live in the Whitehurst area of Severna Park.The historical figure Vitale would most want to meet: Margaret Thatcher.