Kenny Hulshof visited the Thomas W. Kelly High School in Benton and then studied until 1980 at the University of Missouri. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Mississippi and his 1983 was admitted to the bar he began to work as a lawyer. From 1983 to 1986 Hulshof was assigned counsel; between 1986 to 1989, he served as a prosecutor in Cape Girardeau. From 1989 to 1996 he was Deputy Attorney General of Missouri.
Politically, Hulshof joined the Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1996 he was in the ninth constituency of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Harold Volkmer on 3 January 1997. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 2009, six legislative periods. In his time as a congressman of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, the Iraq war and the military mission in Afghanistan fell. Hulshof was temporarily a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, and in two of its subcommittees.
In 2008, Hulshof renounced a new Congress candidacy. Instead, he applied for the post of governor of Missouri, but was defeated, 40:58 percent of the vote Democrat Jay Nixon. In the meantime came Hulshof in the headlines, as it turned out, that he was holding back in one of his method as a prosecutor evidence. Thus an innocent man was sentenced to 60 years in prison. After 14 years, the truth came out and Hulshof, was criticized by the appeal judges, who announced the acquittal of his former behavior.