Sen. Marci Francisco represents the 2nd Senate District in Kansas that includes the communities of Lawrence and Lecompton, having been elected to the Kansas Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. The newly drawn 2nd Senate District will also include most of Jefferson County. As a state senator, Marci serves as the ranking democratic member on both the Senate Agriculture Committee and Senate Natural Resources Committee. She is also a member of the Senate Utilities Committee, the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and the Joint Committees on Arts & Cultural Resources, Information Technology, Legislative & Educational Planning, and State Building Construction. Marci is also involved in several local organizations, including the Lawrence Preservation Alliance, the East Lawrence and Oread Neighborhood Associations, the University of Kansas Student Housing Association and Housing and Credit Counseling. In April 2008, she was awarded the Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award by the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters, an organization of which she is also a member. As a two-term mayor of Lawrence and former city commissioner, Marci led efforts to protect the downtown, plan for new and existing neighborhoods, and start the city's recycling program. Marci graduated from the University of Kansas in 1974 with a bachelors degree in environmental design and again in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in architecture. When she is not serving the Kansas Legislature, Marci works for the Center for Sustainability at KU. She and her husband, Joe Bickford, reside in Lawrence.