Since 2002, she has also been a member of the California High Speed Rail Authority, serving as chairman in 2005.
In 2008, she was the Democratic nominee for the 30th District in the California State Assembly. The incumbent, Democrat Nicole Parra, had been feuding with her son, Dean Florez, for years and consequently endorsed Fran Florez' Republican opponent, former Assistant CHP Chief Danny Gilmore. In a mild surprise, she narrowly lost to Gilmore in the Democratic-leaning district .
In June 2010, Florez won the Democratic primary in the 30th Assembly District against Nicole Parra's father, Pete Parra. She faced Republican farmer David Valadao in the November general election. Valadao soundly defeated her by a 61% to 39% margin.
- Vassar, Alex; Shane Meyers (2007). "Fran Florez, Democratic". JoinCalifornia.com. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
1.^ Vassar, Alex; Shane Meyers (2007). "Fran Florez, Democratic". JoinCalifornia.com. Retrieved on September 27, 2008