What’s the most recent book you read or are currently reading ?
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
If you could meet an historical figure who would it be and why?
President Franklin D. Roosevelt because he understood and persuasively communicated the power of active, efficient, enlightened government to be a force of good in society
Outside of the legislature what are your hobbies?
Reading history and fiction and watching classic films and sports
What’s your favorite vacation destination?
Ireland, England or Scotland
What’s your all time favorite movie/tv show?
Casablanca. Also The Maltese Falcon and The Godfather I
What is your favorite food/meal?
Filet mignon, mashed potatoes, green beans with apple pie a la mode for dessert
What is your go-to karaoke song?
The Wild Colonial Boy
If you could go back in time, what year would you pick?
1962 – the year I entered high school
What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep and why?
36 hours studying for exams in college and in final days of legislative sessions
What’s your favorite family tradition?
Thanksgiving Day with extended family
If you were an animal, what kind would you be?
Husky dog pulling a sled
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Constituents who have not informed themselves and ask me to support a bill I have introduced
What advice would you give your younger self?
Learn to quickly identify people who are excessively self-absorbed
“A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few.” – Judge Learned Hand
What is something interesting that people might not know about you?
My sports trivia “claim to fame” is being able to name all of the Heisman Trophy winners, including the year of honor and their colleges.