Meet Marci

Senator Francisco’s first day in office, 2004.

About Marci Francisco

Senator Marci Francisco, a Democrat, was first elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004, where she represents the state’s 2nd District.

Francisco entered politics in 1977 when she was elected by her neighborhood association to the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board. She was encouraged to run for the City Commission in 1979 and was elected to a four-year term.

As a member of the Lawrence City Commission from 1979-83 and two-term Mayor of Lawrence from ’81-’83, Senator Francisco led efforts to protect Lawrence’s vibrant downtown, revitalize existing neighborhoods and plan for new development, and start the city’s recycling program. She has remained involved in the community continuing as a member of the neighborhood association, and as a member and President of the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Woman Voters,  the State of Kansas League of Women Voters, the Board of  Directors of Headquarters Counseling Center, the Kansas Grassroots Arts Association, the Lawrence Preservation Alliance, the University of Kansas Student Housing Association, Depot Redux, and as a member of the Lawrence Advisory Board of Housing And Credit Counseling, Inc.

Senator Francisco (bottom left) attends an event honoring former Mayors of Lawrence. Francisco served as Mayor of Lawrence from 1981-83.


She was again encouraged to run for public office in 2004 when appropriating adequate funding for public schools was a major issue. She was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004, and re-elected in 2008 and 2012.

Marci graduated from the University of Kansas School of Architecture in 1973. She spent two years in London working in the architecture office for London Transport, and then returned to KU where she has worked as an instructor in Architecture, and as staff in landscape architecture, facilities planning, and space management.

Marci has been married for 26 years to Joe Bickford, who has retired from the K-Mart Distribution Center. They live in Lawrence.