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Sen. Francisco was first elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004. As a state senator, Francisco represents the Lawrence and Lecompton communities and serves as the ranking Democratic member on both the Senate Agriculture Committee and Senate Natural Resources Committee and as a member of the Ways and Means Committee. As a two-term mayor of Lawrence and former city commissioner, Francisco led efforts to protect the downtown, plan for new and existing neighborhoods and start the city’s recycling program. She and her husband, Joe Bickford, reside in Lawrence.