PHOENIX - It isn’t always the big events that make us turn our head when we hear about politicians, celebrities and athletes.
Sometimes, we just want to know that when you boil it down, they’re all ordinary people like us.
What's in their fridge? What are they reading? What do they do in their off time?
Each Tuesday, ABC15.com is asking the same 10 questions of a newsmaker.
But don't jump to any conclusions these aren't the typical interview questions.
They are not meant to be probing or controversial. Instead, they're fun questions that let you get to know the person – in ways you probably don’t already.
This week, we're getting to know Representative Kimberly Yee.
Yee, a native of Arizona, recently became Arizona's first Asian American woman to serve as a member of the Arizona State Legislature. She was appointed on August 2, 2010 to represent Arizona's 10th Legislative District as State Representative and will serve the remaining term of the 49th Legislature.
Yee was born and raised in the heart of Legislative District 10.
She has a distinguished career in public policy and governmental service working in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
Kimberly has committed her professional life to public service for nearly 15 years and has served under the executive administrations of two governors, a state treasurer and a state superintendent of public administration.
If not politics, Yee said she would be cutting fresh flowers for a living. Read more...
10 Questions for Kimberly Yee
1. What is your all-time favorite movie or song?
As a former English major, I love the author Jane Austen for the complexity of her characters, the depiction of scenery and the period of her writings, so my all-time favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice(2005).
2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?
Yes. I can’t live without my scheduling calendar on my phone. It takes me from one appointment to the next, especially on a busy day of campaigning.
3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
My Dad instilled in me basic philosophical beliefs that freedom comes from individual responsibility, that the strength of our country comes from hard-working, productive members of our society, and that the free enterprise system is stimulated when there is more competition and less government regulation. We are also both political news junkies.
4. What was your very first job?
My first official full time job (after college internships and post-graduate fellowships) was as an appointee to former California Governor Pete Wilson, as a policy analyst to the State Board of Education. I took the oath of office under his gubernatorial administration at age 23. During my term, I helped develop the state’s academic content standards, which provide achievement measurements for K-12 school children at each grade level in various subjects including reading, mathematics, history and science.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I would not crave iced coffee lattes.
6. What do you consider your greatest success?
I was honored this month to take the oath of office as the state’s first Asian American woman to serve as a member of the Arizona State Legislature. This was truly a dream come true. I desire to serve the constituents of the 10th Legislative District with honor and integrity. Legislative District 10 represents the areas surrounding North Phoenix and Glendale. I am currently running a campaign for thesame seat for which I was appointed.
7. Tell us something about you most people don’t know?
While working as a Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Education for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, there was a time when I had to provide an education policy briefing while actor Rob Lowe was “shadowing” the Governor for a day. Yes, I was distracted, to say the least! ïï¿½Š
8. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
(1) President Ronald Reagan, whom I admire for his personable, yet smart political savvy, (2) my Grandpa Yee, who would be so proud to know the pathways my career has taken, (3) my husband, who, on our first date, opened the trunk of my car and saw it stacked to the rim with everything from political yard signs to campaign literature; he could have run, but stayed around…and now his trunk is filled to the rim with my campaign signs!
9. What is in your fridge/freezer right now?
All the ingredients to make our newest “thing” in the kitchen: homemade gelato in unique flavors (banana rum, white chocolate/strawberry, and Andes chocolate mint are some favorites). And, of course, there’s always butter in the fridge for all of my favorite Paula Deen recipes!
10. If you could have a different career, other then what you’re doing now, what would it be?
I would be a florist. I love flowers. Arranging flowers makes me happy.
Who will be profiled next week? Check back for a new "10 Questions" each Tuesday here on ABC15.com.
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