Houston is a consultant at Lighthouse Counsel, a local company that partners with nonprofits to increase mission awareness, organizational effectiveness and philanthropic support.
As a third-generation Athenian and grandson of the late Judge Joseph Gaines, Houston has long been engaged in his community through nonprofits and public service. He serves on the Envision Athens Steering Committee and Junior League of Athens Community Advisory Board. Houston previously served on the LEAD Athens Alumni Association Board of Directors and multiple K-12 and University of Georgia boards. He is a 2015 LEAD Athens graduate. As part of his team's project, he helped found Automatic for Autism, an effort that raised funds and awareness for families struggling to afford the costs of autism therapy.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Houston served as student body president while at UGA. He graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Blue Key Honor Society and several other organizations. While at UGA, Houston also studied abroad at the London School of Economics and spent a summer in Washington, D.C.
"Service to this community has been a longstanding tradition in my family, and that is what guides my candidacy. I'm not your typical candidate, but I am ready to serve and deliver for this district.
It's time for a new direction of leadership to bring a fresh perspective and renewed energy to the Gold Dome."
In the News
"'I’m running for House District 117 because this community has been home my entire life, and I want to serve my neighbors'"
Flagpole Magazine (July 12, 2017)
"Republican Houston Gaines reported today that he has raised over $65,000 in under two weeks as he launches his bid for the open state House District 117 seat."
GeorgiaPol.com (July 13, 2017)
"Houston Gaines, a Republican consultant for non-profits and grandson of a local judge, has raised in the neighborhood of $66,000"
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (July 14, 2017)
"A number of Oconee County leaders, including Board of Commissioners Chairman John Daniell, already have picked sides in an evolving contest"
Oconee County Observations (July 18, 2017)
"He said that running will give him the chance to give back to the people in the community that he grew up with the ones that motivated him to get involved in the community."
The Red & Black (July 23, 2017)