Lee Kaplan

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Lee Kaplan earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University in 1973 [1]. He graduated from The University of Texas, School of Law in 1976. In 1977, he joined the Baker Botts Law Firm as an associate and became a partner in 1984 [2]. Kaplan then founded a firm in 1995 called Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P. [1]. 

It has been found that Lee Kaplan accepted illicit donations from contractors during a period in the election where candidates were forbidden from taking any donations for a time [5].

Key Issues

Law Enforcement

Kaplan would like to properly educate and train police officers, recruit more officers, and raise their salary [1].


Kaplan wants to keep the city cleaner to ensure better resident health and happiness [1].


Kaplan would like to address the growing traffic by fixing potholes, building new roads, and promoting public transit. He also wishes to reduce unchecked development in the city [1].


Kaplan wishes to further invest in youth by allowing the government to play a bigger role in HISD [1].


Kaplan wants to promote Houston’s big and small businesses, and provide quality jobs [1].


No endorsements could be found.


1 Lee Kaplan
2 LinkedIn
3 Houston Chronicle
4 Fox 26 Houston
5 Houston Chronicle