Do you know Senator Toddy Puller?

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    (Thanks to Senator Puller for telling us some more about her; we look forward to more in this continuing series! – promoted by lowkell)

    Note: this is the second post in the “Do you know Senator” series profiling Virginia’s Democratic senators.

    Democrat Linda T. “Toddy” Puller represents the 36th District, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties, in the Virginia State Senate.  The daughter of an Army officer, Senator Puller is known as a strong advocate for veterans. She has also been a strong proponent of improving education, transportation, health care, mental health, and the environment. Here are a few things you may not know about her:

    Hobbies: My hobbies are reading and collecting antiques

    She’s an avid reader: The most recent books I read were “Abigail Adams, A Life” by Woody Holton; “American Lion” by Jon Meacham; and “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese

    Favorite movie: My favorite movie is Cold Mountain.

    When the political bug bit her: I’ve been interested most of my life.

    Her political beginnings: My first elected office was as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

    Senator Puller’s #1 :My top-goal for my district is to improve transportation on Route 1.

    What legislation makes her proud: “I think SB 1184, the Newborn Screening Bill that I introduced and that passed the General Assembly in 2005 may have the most lasting effects on people’s lives. It broadened the Commonwealth’s newborn screening program to include more than 30 genetic disorders causing mental retardation, serious disability, or death if left untreated. The increased testing allows for early treatment to prevent later disabilities or death.”

    • Don’t know Toddy but I used to eat breakfast most every morning in the Pentagon with her husband, Lewis Puller, Jr.

      If you don’t know of Lewis, you should:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L

      Read his book “Fortunate Son.”

      I’m certain Ms. Puller is every bit as fine a person as Lewis.