Raised in Montgomery County. Attended Kennedy High School; University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (law enforcement), 1976; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1979. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1980. Attorney. Member, Maryland State Bar Association. President & general counsel, Kramer Enterprises, Silver Spring, 1979-. President, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 1992-93. President, Shopping Center Management Association, 1999-2000 (executive committee, 2000-). Chair, Montgomery County Police and Fire/Rescue Awards Program, 1995-98. Board of Trustees, Maryland College of Art and Design, 1995-2004. Board of Directors, Graffiti Abatement Partnership of Montgomery County, 1995-2004. Member, Northeast Montgomery Political Action Committee (former board member). Former precinct chair and area coordinator, Montgomery County Democratic Party. Former member, Wheaton Revitalization Strategy Committee; Board of Directors, Montgomery County Friends of the Library. Tavel Award (for outstanding service to business, government & community), Montgomery County, 1997. Outstanding Leadership Award, Maryland Association of Community Services for People with Developmental Disabilities, 2004. Outstanding Employer Partner, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, 2004. Legislator of the Year, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 2005. Affordable Housing Advocacy Award, Maryland Affordable Housing Community, 2006. Legislator of the Year, Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association, 2007. Outstanding Service Award, Damascus Volunteer Fire Department, 2007. Hall of Fame, Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association 2007. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2008. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2008.