A lifelong Kansan, Nick Jordan was born in 1949, the oldest of three children of the late Dwight and Jo Jordan. The Jordans lived in Topeka until Nick was a teenager, when the family moved to Overland Park about the time thousands of other families also were making Johnson County their home. Nick attended Broadmoor Junior High and Shawnee Mission West High School and, while in high school, began working as a busboy at the old Glenwood Manor Hotel, a fortuitous job that would be the beginning of an up-by-the-bootstraps, 40-year career in the travel and tourism industry.
After his start as a busboy, Nick was promoted at age 19 to hotel management at the Glenwood, working in food and beverage, accounting, and front desk before being named director of sales and marketing. He then went to the Radisson Muehlbach Hotel as assistant director of marketing and the Grand American Hotel Corporation as corporate director of marketing. In 1983, Nick was selected to be the founding president of the Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In 1995, Nick was selected by Republican precinct committee people and appointed by then-Gov. Bill Graves to fill the seat vacated by former state Sen. Gus Bogina. Voters have selected Nick to continue representing them in Topeka ever since, giving him resounding election victories in 1996, 2000, and 2004 in his Shawnee-based district, which includes north Lenexa and Lake Quivira.
In his 12 years of service in the Kansas Senate, Nick has worked tirelessly to build coalitions to address issues important to the families of our state. Those efforts have achieved tangible results as he teamed with others to improve the quality of education for Kansas children, encourage entrepreneurism and economic growth, and improve the safety and security of our communities.
Nick's efforts have been recognized with a number of awards, including the Guardian of Small Business Award presented by the National Federation of Independent Business. He is a member of U.S. Senator Pat Roberts' Advisory Committee on Science, Technology, and the Future and chairman of the Kansas Legislature's Joint Math and Science Education Advisory Committee. He is vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and a member of the Joint Committee on Kansas Security. He also serves in the Kansas Senate as co-chairman of the Commerce Committee and a member of the Assessment and Taxation; Public Health and Welfare; and Health Care Strategies committees. Nick is chairman of the Senate President's K-12 Education Task Force and a member of the Governor's National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility Task Force.
Nick is a recipient of the Governor's Tourism Award presented by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and the Distinguished Service Award from the Travel Industry Association of Kansas. He is chairman of the Governor's Council on Travel and Tourism.
Nick also is a small businessman, operating the Hospitality Group, a tourism consulting company, and, with his wife and daughter, the Walls of Clay pottery studio in Shawnee.
He is active in a number of charitable and civic organizations, serving on the boards of directors of the Johnson County Community College Foundation, the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, Prison Ministry Fellowship, the Kansas Downtown Development Association and the Travel Industry Association of Kansas.
Nick and his wife, Linda, have lived in Shawnee for more than 25 years. They are proud parents of their daughter, Shelly, son-in-law, Jaren Higginbotham, and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Reece, and Blake. They are members of Cross Points Church.