The Hon. Kenneth Howard Randolph Horton, JP, MP
Former Speaker of the Houe of Assembly of Bermuda
K.H. Randolph Horton is a Bermudian politician and a former Speaker of the House of Assembly of Bermuda.
Early life and education
Kenneth Howard Randolph Horton received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Rutgers University where he was inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, an Honours Society of distinguished work in Economics. He also earned a Master Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and later his Doctoral studies at George Washington University in Leadership and Policy Management. Recently in an endeavour to improve his leadership skills, Mr. Horton completed a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.
Horton who was elected on 9 November 1998 to represent the Constituency of Hamilton West; he is described as a dedicated and passionate person. He has fought for change in the areas of sports, education, and tourism promotion. Horton has had a multi-faceted career, while enriching the lives others.
Horton has served in various portfolio such as: Minister Without Portfolio on 8 February 2001, Minister of Community Affairs and Sport on 1 November 2001; Minister of Labour, Home Affair and Public Safety from 2003 - 2006 and Minister of Education from 2006 - 2008. After years of phenomenal work as a Minister, Horton was elected as Deputy Speaker on 12 May 2011, a position he served until elected Speaker of the House of Assembly.
Horton played professional soccer with the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League, also he was the league most valued player in 1972, and led the Cosmos to their first NASL championship. In Bermuda, Mr. Horton played and coached the Somerset Trojans and represented Bermuda in both football and cricket. He captained Somerset in Cup Match for six years. During his ten years as Principal of Warwick Secondary School he revitalized the institution, which became the school of first choice for many parents. Mr. Horton’s community involvement has included serving as a member of the Board of trustees of the Hotel’s Pension Fund; the Executive of the Amalgamated Bermuda Union of Teachers; the Association of School Principals; the Police Advisory Council and has President of Francis Patton School PTA.
Honours and awards
In recognition of his distinguished achievement in the Ministry of Community Affairs and Sport, he was inducted into the Rhode Island International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame, receiving the Power of Good Award from the Institute for International Sport in June 2002 in recognition of his leadership in the field of youth development.