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Senator Jack Gordon Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SPC7000


These records document his work with the Dade County School Board and his service to Florida as a member of the Florida State Senate.


  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1993

Biographical or Historical Information

Senator Jack Gordon was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 3, 1922 and educated at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1942. From 1943 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Army. On his return Jack Gordon served on the Miami Beach Housing Authority 1947-1958 and with the Dade County Board of Public Instruction (now the Dade County School Board) from 1961 to 1968. Senator Gordon was elected to the Florida State Senate in 1972, a Democrat he represented Miami Beach, the 35th District. In the senate he served as president Pro Tempore 1982-84; Majority Committee. Senator Gordon retired in 1992 having represented Miami Beach for twenty years. The Miami Herald (June 2, 1992) marked his retirement with the comment "Every legislative body needs at least one Jack Gordon... There's now a perceptible void in the Florida Senate...His commanding voice won't be heard in floor debate. His probing questions won't be heard in committee...The legacy of Senator Gordon's 20 years in the Senate (and his eight years before that on the Dade School Board) can't be measured adequately in terms of battles won or lost. Some of his shining moments occurred when he stood tall in defeat, speaking out for desegregation and for civil liberties at a time when the forces of bigotry and repression still dominated Florida." Jack Gordon has served as director of the Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship Studies at Florida International University. Senator Gordon presently serves as president of the Hospice Foundation.

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Arrangement Note

The papers of Senator Gordon is organized in alphabetical order. It contains a list of those files pertaining primarily with Jack Gordon's work with the Miami Dade County School Board.

Method of Acquisition

The papers of Senator Jack Gordon were donated to the University Archives of FIU in 1993.

Senator Jack Gordon Papers
Annia Gonzalez
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Repository Details

Part of the Florida International University Repository

Green Library
11200 SW 8th Street, GL 422
Miami FL 33199 US