My mother! She taught me to give back and to work hard. She worked for the federal government for nearly 40 years and then worked after retiring as a contractor for another 10! I've learned it is rewarding to work in the public sector. I truly believe we are called to a high level of service and that Civil Servants make this country strong. I want to help bring in behind my generation the bright, young people who have imagination and energy to build the structures we need to regain our place in this competitive global economy -- but, never lose sight of the goal -- to serve our country!