Political Leaders 2006 Profile: Margaret Vanderhye

Nov 13 2006 - 10:00am

Name: Margaret Grant Vanderhye (Margi)
Born: In Chicago and grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois
Current Digs: Live in McLean and work in Washington D.C.
Occupation: Part-time government relations consultant.
Favorite part about the job: Helping innovative people turn great ideas into programs.
First job ever? Selling school supplies and bus passes in my high school bookstore.
Favorite book? Fiction: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Non-fiction: Barbara Tuchman's The March of Folly. Poetry: Tennyson's Ulysses.
Favorite movie? Drama: "Witness" with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis (passions collide in the Amish countryside). Comedy: "My Cousin Vinny" (even their outfits make me laugh).
Must-see TV? The original CSI, if I'm home.
Comfort food? My homemade double-chocolate brownies.
What's in your car CD player right now? U2
Next journey? I'm hoping for anywhere in Italy!
Last gift you received? A new laptop computer for my campaign.
Best advice you ever got? From the Old Testament prophet, Micah: "Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God."
Whom do you admire and why? William Wallace, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the soldiers of Normandy: different outcomes, same honor and courage.
If you could have dinner with any one currently living, whom would it be and why? My former boss and mentor, Brent Scowcroft: brilliant, dedicated, self-effacing, and wise. He is the consummate public servant.
Describe a perfect day. Sunshine, exercise, gardens, music, good wine, great conversation.
One thing most people might be surprised to learn about you? I have almost no mechanical ability whatsoever. Appliances and office equipment have been known to shut down in defense when I approach.
Ambition, political or otherwise? Let's start with the General Assembly and see where it goes!

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