Gordon was struck and killed by a car in California this weekend.
The political veteran was well known at the Capitol as an advocate for higher education, civil rights and integration. He championed a privacy amendment in the state Constitution that protects abortion rights for women.
Gordon also tried three times to get his fellow lawmakers to pass the equal rights amendment, but never succeeded.
Gordon retired from the Legislature in 1992 and later founded a think tank at Florida International University.
Jack Gordon was 83 years old.