Jordan was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Albany, Georgia. In 1967 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the University of Georgia. Due to health restrictions Jordan was able to do military service, but worked in the Vietnam War as a civilian assistant in the care of refugees.
Jordan was under President Jimmy Carter from 1979 to 1980 Chief of Staff of the White House. Previously, the post had been vacant since 1977, because Carter had seen no need to formally appoint a member of his staff with this office. 1986 Jordan competed in Georgia for the nomination of the Democratic Party for the elections to the U.S. Senate, but was defeated Wyche Fowler. After his political career, he held, among others, in 1988 the Office of the CEO of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
He died in May 2008 from mesothelioma.