Sam Kaplan... returned to Minnesota in May 2017 after 3½ years in Morocco - Sam as Ambassador, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, and Sylvia Kaplan as his partner in all things as far as State Department protocol would allow.
Sam, a St. Paul native, is a businessman and attorney and is president of the Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan law firm, which he co-founded. He is a well-known and respected community leader and political activist. He and Sylvia were early supporters of Paul Wellstone, Keith Ellison, and RT Rybak, that were considered long shots by the political pundits. Sam has been credited with providing credibility to such candidates by chairing finance committees that were successful in raising the necessary funds for success, experiences which proved crucial to his own success as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco.
In 2009 Sam Kaplan was listed as a member of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Wellstone Action, a Minnesota based organization based on the political legacy of that state’s late ‘progressive” Senator Paul Wellstone.
- Wellstone Action and Wellstone Action Fund combine to form a national center for training and leadership development for the progressive movement. Founded in January 2003, Wellstone Action's mission is to honor the legacy of Paul and Sheila Wellstone by continuing their work through training, educating, mobilizing and organizing a vast network of progressive individuals and organizations.