What’s the most recent book you read or are currently reading?
It’s so hard to maintain a reading schedule on top of my duties as Speaker. I honestly think the last large thing that I read was probably our budget bill!
If you could meet a historical figure who would it be and why?
President John F. Kennedy. As someone who was such a transformational leader, who literally brought our country into a new era, all of the policies and lasting impact he left, even today.
Outside of the legislature what are your hobbies?
Spending time with my family, bike riding, walking, going to the beach, I just love spending time outside and with them.
What was it like to be not only the first Female speaker in Virginia, but the first Jewish speaker?
I remember when I was thinking about running for office, the first lady of Virginia, Anne Holton, called me and she explained to me how important it was to have women in these positions, and how, yes, you can be a mother and also a legislator. I hung up the phone and had made up my mind that I would run! It’s just hard to believe it’s taken 400 years for the first woman and the first person of Jewish faith to lead the chamber.
Have you binge watched anything good during COVID?
The Queen’s Gambit – I loved it, it exceeded my expectations.
What is your go-to karaoke song?
No go-to. I do like karaoke and I really do like singing. One of my favorite singers is Celine Dion.
If you could go back in time, what year would you pick?
I think it would have been fun to experience the roaring 20’s with the art and clothing and music. I think it would have been an exciting era to be a part of.
What’s your favorite family tradition?
We’re Jewish, so I love getting together with our extended family for Passover every year. We missed it last year, so we’re looking forward to it again this year.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
I have little patience for cynical people who don’t put in the time or energy to do something right or make a difference.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would say ‘worry less, never be afraid to be yourself and know your worth and your value.’
What is something people might not know about you?
I’m a pescatarian, I do eat fish but I don’t eat shellfish. I’ve been doing it since ‘82. These days it’s so much easier than it used to be!