Kenny Houston was born in Brunswick, Georgia. His mother worked for a non-profit serving visually impaired people and his father served in the U.S. military. Following the separation of his parents when he was six, Kenny moved to Shreveport, Louisiana with his mother and sisters.
Kenny attended Huntington High School where he played baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and ran track. After graduating from high school, Kenny enrolled at Southern University, Shreveport for a semester, then transferred Southeastern University. While at Southeastern, Kenny’s grandfather died of cancer and he had to leave college to go back home to Shreveport. His mother encouraged him to re-enroll in school the following semester.
In 2009, Kenny enrolled at Grambling State University where he played wide receiver for the Grambling Tigers. He graduated from Grambling State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s of science in criminal justice. He stayed at Grambling to pursue his graduate degree. During that time, Kenny worked two jobs to help take care of his grandmother. He received his master’s degree in criminal justice in 2014.
Kenny moved back to Shreveport after graduating to care for his grandmother who had just suffered from a seizure. Like many people in Louisiana, he had to work two jobs to earn enough money to support his family. In the daytime, Kenny taught physical science and biology; and in the evenings and weekends, he saw clients as a mental health professional. One year after moving back to Shreveport, Kenny started Pelican Bayou Counseling Agency with a colleague.
Kenny is a prominent business owner and active community advocate for mental health issues.
His experience working with children and adults made him take notice of the lack of opportunity in Louisiana. Kenny believes that if everyone is given a quality education, good health care, and job opportunities with livable wages, we would have less crime and more economic growth.