Wes Smith was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and soon moved to a ranch near Duncan, Oklahoma. He grew up there and graduated as the Valedictorian of Velma-Alma High School in 1986. After high school, he moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma State University. At OSU he was active in Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was a member of the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll. Wes graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics in 1991. During college he founded Cowboy Towing, which he operated until 1995.The sale of his business brought Wes north to Lawrence, Kansas to attend law school at the University of Kansas. While at KU, he was a staff member of the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, where he also served as Student Articles Editor and was chosen as a teacher’s assistant to Legal Research and Writing. During this time he worked as a law clerk for Stumbo Hanson, LLP, a bankruptcy boutique in Topeka, Kansas.