Law, Saint Louis University School Law, 1980. Postgrad in political science, Quincy College, Illinois, 1977.
Law clerk Judge Paul J. Simon, Missouri Court Appeals, 1981. Private practice Guilfoil, Petzall & Shoemake, partner. Alderman City of St. Louis from District 23, Missouri, 1985—1995.
President City of St. Louis Board of Alderman, 1995—2001. Mayor City of St. Louis, since 2001.
Member Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, St. Louis Board Alderman, 1985, elected president, 1995—2001.
Married Kim Slay; children: Francis Junior, Katherine.