About Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan
Nick Jordan serves as the Kansas Secretary of Revenue. Gov. Sam Brownback chose him for the position in 2010.
Jordan, a lifelong Kansan, started working as a busboy at the Glenwood Manor Hotel while still in high school. The job began his 30-year career in the travel and tourism industry. At 19, he was promoted 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.
He began his political career in 1995 when he was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former state Sen. Gus Bogina. Voters then elected Nick to represent his Shawnee-based Senate district for three full terms, giving him resounding election victories in 1996, 2000, and 2004.
During 13 years of service in the Kansas Senate, Jordan worked tirelessly to build coalitions to address issues important to the families of our state. Those efforts achieved tangible results as he teamed with others to improve the quality of education for Kansas children, encourage entrepreneurism and economic growth, and balance the Kansas budget while responsibly reducing taxes.
He also co-authored the nationally recognized Kansas Economic Growth Act, which created the innovative Kansas Bioscience Authority, and led the drive to create the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science.
Jordan’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 the former chairman of the Kansas Legislature’s Joint Math and Science Education Advisory Committee. He was chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and a member of the Joint Committee on Kansas Security. He also served 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. Jordan was 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.
He 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 also was chairman of the Governor’s Council on Travel and Tourism.
After running for the Congress in the 3rd Congressional District in 2008, Jordan became a director with Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services and the founding president of the For the Love of America Foundation, a think tank designed to provide information, issue analysis, and innovative solutions to critical public policy issues facing the nation. Additionally, Jordan is a small business owner with his wife and daughter, operating the Walls of Clay pottery studio in Shawnee.
He is active in a number of charitable and civic organizations and serves on the board of directors of the Shawnee Community Services.
Jordan and his wife Linda have lived in Shawnee for nearly 30 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.