I have known Congressman Chris Van Hollen for many years, working with him during his 12 years in Annapolis on many issues involving children. We have in Congressman Van Hollen a leader willing to make tough but fair choices to reduce deficits. I know because I saw him do that in Annapolis. The Washington Post called him "one of the most effective members of the Maryland Legislature." He is smart, well educated, eager to learn more about an issue, open to others' ideas, quick to do the math in his head, and from my point a view a reliable advocate for children. He is an experienced legislator — he knows how to hear both sides of an issue, where to dig for facts, whom to trust to give him accurate information, and how and where to compromise. Maryland is darn lucky to have him representing us in Congress.