Joseph Craig Gordon, known as J. Craig Gordon, was born in Savannah on May 7, 1977. He was educated in the public schools of Chatham County, all of which were in the House District 162 where he will be sworn in as State Representative in January.
Upon graduation from A.E. Beach High School in 1995, he enrolled in Savannah State University ( both schools are a part of a long family tradition). At SSU he majored in Business Administration (Marketing) and in his freshman year received a scholarship to participate in the Hyatt Hotel chain’s cooking seminar in New York City. In 1997 he interned at Walt Disney World’s MGM Studios. Craig worked in a co-op position with SMG which is the largest convention management company in the world, and was later appointed as an assistant to the Director of Marketing for the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. This employment started when he was still a student and continued for about two years after graduation. He completed his undergraduate studies at Armstrong-Atlantic State University where he graduated in 2000.
In 2002, Craig left the Trade and Convention Center and decided to enter the family’s home health business founded by his parents. He was anxious to learn all aspects of its operation. After about four years, he was appointed CEO of Statewide Healthcare, Inc. by its Board of Directors. It was time for the torch to be passed as his father retired from the company. Craig oversees the operation of Statewide with over 250 employees and offices in Savannah, Columbus, Macon, and Albany, injecting more than 2million dollars into the Georgia economy.
Entrepreneurship has been in his blood from an early age and continues to exhibit itself in diverse interests including real estate ventures.
Craig’s community involvements include:
– Membership in Savannah Chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
– Member and one of the organizers of Coastal Network Group
– Communicant at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
– Member of Board of Directors of AWOL
– Member of Advisory Board of Capitol City Bank
– Volunteer work with several agencies such as Greenbriar Children’s Center
and the juvenile justice system
– 2004 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by The Spirit of Excellence Awards
– 2005 Honorable Mention Volunteer – Greenbriar Children’s Center
– 2006 Black Business Professionals Young Executive of the Year
Political interests have long been a part of Craig’s family history. In May, 2006 he decided to take the plunge and run for an elected position. After a very skillful campaign, led by his very able campaign manager, Anthony Pitts, J. Craig Gordon won the Democratic Primary in July for District 162nd Georgia House of Representatives. With no Republican opposition, he will therefore be sworn in January, 2007. He joins a very impressive group of under 30 year olds who are dedicated to making a difference in the Georgia Legislature. Craig is the second youngest to be elected from Savannah, and looks forward to serving the people of the District, and the community as a whole.