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Unspun with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Eleanor Holmes Norton

The Washington Post Magazine's "Unspun" interviews take a look at the person behind the position in local government and politics. See excerpts of this Sunday's edition below or read the full article.

How do you get to work?

In a hybrid car.

What is your favorite suburb to visit?

I need a passport to get to the suburbs, truly. I am a Washington girl, third generation. I shop here, try to have fun here.

What is at top of your reading pile?

I just finished "Cutting for Stone," and I'm reading a book called "Washington: The Making of the American Capital." It is an amazing book. It is the history of how this city was selected (as the capital) and the fight between the North and the South, which was almost as hot and heavy then as it was during the Civil War.

If you had a vote in Congress, what is one bill you wish you could have voted on?

The most recent one is health care for the residents of the District of Columbia.

What is a hidden area of Washington that people may not know about?

Constitution Gardens, an enormous, wonderful part of Washington northwest of the Lincoln Memorial.

Real or fake Christmas tree?

Real, and a big one. I almost still believe in Santa Claus. I love Christmas.

-- Interview by Tim Craig

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 18, 2009; 2:39 PM ET
Categories:  Eleanor Holmes Norton , Tim Craig  
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