Hometown: Overland Park.
Occupation: College teacher and administrator.
Education: bachelor's degree, special education, Northwestern University; master's degree, economics, George Mason University.
Abortion: Personally opposes abortion, but says she would not interfere with another person's decision.
Balanced budget: Favors a balanced-budget amendment. Would return 25 percent of congressional salary.
Taxes: "You can't spend more than you have." Calls for holding the line on taxes and cutting them where possible.