Maria has come a long way in a short time. She graduated from Smith in 1989, got a law degree from American University in 1992, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard in 2014.
She's been an Assistant Attorney General, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a Pleasant Valley Council member.
So, why does she make such... interesting choices?
First, she allegedly dumped the rest of her District 28 Republican ticket and ran as a single-shot candidate for the Legislature (which turned out to be a good idea, because Democrat Kelli Butler took the other seat), then voted against abolishing photo radar cameras--even though she said she was against them.
But, as with anything else in life, you have to take the good with the bad. Syms has been lauded for her sponsorship of a bill requiring hospitals to report rapes within 24 hours, and police departments are to see that rape kits are processed within 14 days.
Still, legislating all over the road should be enough to get you pulled over.