Over the Years
A successful small businessman bringing a selfless, dependable focus towards making government work for all of us.
Born in Houston at Methodist Hospital1952
Eagle Scout, Troop 197
Sponsored by St. Philip’s United Methodist Church
Bellaire High School Graduate
Magna cum laude
Princeton University Graduate
Woodrow Wilson Scholar.
Senior Thesis, The Houston Independent School District 1969-73: A Case Study of Change.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Tutor, Trenton State Prison
The University of Texas School of Law Graduate
Activities and societies: Friars; Chair, Board of Advocates; Order of Barristers; Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Law Clerk to Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Joe Ingraham1976-77
Associate, then Partner at Baker Botts Law Firm1977-1995
Married Diana Hudson1982
Welcomed son, William (Will) Kaplan
Named after Diana’s late father William Hudson
Founding Partner, Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
Which has been named as one of the Top 10 Litigation Boutiques in the United States.
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 55 (Will’s troop)
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 212
St. James’ Episcopal Church