Barbara J. Jordan was first elected to the District 1 seat of the Board of County Commissioners on November 2, 2004. She was re-elected for a second term on August 26, 2008. As Commissioner for District 1, she represents the cities of Opa Locka and Miami Gardens, including the following communities of Carol City, Norland, Crestview, Rolling Oaks, Bunche Park, Scott Lakes, and Andover. Portions of North Miami Beach and North Miami also lie within her district.

Currently, Commissioner Jordan is Vice Chair of the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee which ensures that governmental programs work efficiently to provide sustainable growth and the delivery of responsible services to the residents of Miami-Dade County as well as oversees all issues pertaining to environmental protection and the prudent use of our natural resources. She also is a member of the Public Safety and Healthcare Administration and Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility Committees.

Commissioner Jordan previously served as Vice Chairwoman of the County Commission during her 2007-2008 term, sharing oversight of the legislative body's activities and its committees. She was also Vice Chair for the Transit Committee and sat on the Economic Development and Human Services, and Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committees.

Prior to being elected to the Board of County Commissioners, Commissioner Jordan served as Assistant County Manager, where she oversaw the county agencies that promote social and economic independence as well as those that address Miami-Dade County's complex social issues. They include the Miami-Dade Housing Agency, the Housing Finance Authority, Department of Business Development, the Office of Community & Economic Development, Urban Revitalization Task Force, Metro-Miami Action Plan, the Community Relations Board and the South Florida Workforce Board & Consortium. She is one of only three African American women to have held such a rank.