Jordan Hines, 27, grew up on the East side of Wilmington where a troubled childhood took him from living with his mother to being placed, through foster care, with his grandparents until he turned 18. In a more supportive environment Hines was able to thrive and take an interest in both local and national politics, volunteering on several campaigns including, Diversity for Change Movement, Obama for America, Beau Biden for Attorney General, Velda Jones Potter for State Treasurer, and Ciro Poppiti for Lieutenant Governor.
With each experience, Jordan developed greater insight into how impactful policymakers could be. As a result, he was often concerned as to how winning candidates would keep their promises to constituents, and would later be invited to work in various administrations to help carry out those same promises.
Prior to working in local government, Jordan served as a Robotics Coordinator for F.A.M.E. Inc. to promote the representation of minorities in Engineering. Then, as a Project Director for Christina Cultural Arts Center, Jordan continued helping young people explore career options, such as hospitality, law, theatre and cosmetology by connecting them with professionals in the field. Students were able to get hands on experience and earn a stipend at the same time.
In 2016, while serving as a Legislative Aide for the Register of Wills New Castle County Jordan assisted seniors and other property holders to secure their assets, navigate a complex bureaucracy, and complete paperwork that would help them leave a legacy for their families. In that role he also connected Ciro Poppiti’s Pardons Clinic for ex-offenders with the National NAACP. This unprecedented partnership allowed law students to offer free legal services to Delawareans who were going before the board of pardons to make stronger cases for themselves.
That same year Jordan also spearheaded efforts to bring the Delaware Black Caucus back online. They held a meet and greet, developed a policy plan and secured a working space in large part due to Jordan’s steadfastness and desire to see the organization succeed.
As a result of these and other efforts, in January 2017 Jordan was appointed to serve as a Legislative Policy Analyst for Wilmington's 107th City Council. In that role he staffed several committees, attended community meetings and worked with stakeholders to implement initiatives on behalf of City Council. Jordan also tracked Federal, State and local legislation, and was a liaison to policymakers in Dover on behalf of the Council. He resigned in early August before announcing his intent to seek office.
Jordan is an executive board member of the Monday Club, a men’s organization that empowers young people in the community, and was an active member of his church, along with his wife, Dr. Shekelia Hines. He sits on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, an organization he grew up in, as well as the State of Delaware’s Human Relations Commission. As a commissioner he helps ensure Wilmington residents are treated fairly and have access to resources to fight landlord-tenant issues, discrimination and other maltreatment under the Commission's purview.
As the needs in Wilmington continue to change, Jordan looks forward to working with an even broader range of stakeholders, but particularly his constituents in the 3rd district, to create legislation that enables everyone to thrive.