AGE-BIRTHPLACE - 68, Buffalo, N.Y.

EDUCATION - Bachelor's degree in economics, College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., 1967; master of public administration, University of Pittsburgh.

EXPERIENCE - Alexandria City Council, elected 1979; Alexandria vice mayor, 1982-1984; Alexandria mayor, elected 1984; U.S. Congress, 8th District of Virginia, representative, elected 1990. Member of the Appropriations Committee. Co-founder in 1996 of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of centrist House Democrats. Advocated for transportation development in northern Virginia, as well for federal workers, the environment and gun control.

FAMILY - Father of two sons and two daughters.

QUOTE -"My chosen role in the U.S. Congress has been as an appropriator. I first served as staff to the Senate Appropriations Committee under Chairman Warren Magnuson in my 20s. I've seen the appropriations process at its height, and more recently its nadir. When the appropriations process is working, the government functions on behalf of the people, the economy is stronger, and the country overall becomes more inclusive, egalitarian and productive."

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