Kenny was born in Lompoc, California. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (2010), Kings Point, where he earned a degree in Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management, and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S Navy Reserve. He received his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2019, with a Certificate in Intellectual Property. Kenny has a diverse background in many areas of the maritime industry including oil and gas, shipyard operations, and extensive sailing experience on Ro-Ro, Container, Tanker, Drilling and Tug vessels. Kenny also holds United States Coast Guard licenses including: First Assistant Engineer (Motor), Unlimited Horsepower; Third Assistant Engineer (Steam and Gas Turbine), Unlimited Horsepower; Chief Engineer (Motor), 1600 Gross Registered Tons, Oceans, Near Coastal, and Great Lakes.
Kenny is admitted to practice in Illinois state courts, as well in U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Michigan, and Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.