Chris DeLaForest can leverage his years
of experience in Minnesota government and the relationships he has
developed to effectively represent your interests and achieve results.
He has served in both the executive and legislative branches of state
government and has been intimately involved in some of the most
important issues the state has faced in recent times.
Chris most recently worked in the administration of Governor Tim
Pawlenty as the Governor's Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs.
In this role, he acted as the Governor's most senior policy
advisor and was responsible for developing and implementing his
He was also as the
Governor's liaison to the legislature, all state agencies, and the
Chris DeLaForest served
in the Minnesota House of Representatives for three terms (2003 - 2008),
where he gained invaluable knowledge of the legislative process by being
a part of a majority caucus (81-53), a nearly evenly divided House
(68-66) and a minority caucus (85-49).
This experience taught him the value of developing and
maintaining relationships across the political spectrum.
His proudest legislative achievements were all bi-partisan
During his tenure, he
served on the following committees:
Civil Law (Vice Chair);
Finance (Ranking Minority Member);
Commerce and Labor;
Chris also possesses
the leadership and management skills needed to successfully represent
your interests at the Capitol. After completing the Army ROTC
program at Saint John's University, he was commissioned an officer and
served a four-year tour on active duty. During his tour, he served
as a tank platoon leader, reconnaissance platoon leader, and battalion
Chris lives in the
northern suburbs with his wife, their two sons, and a yellow hunting lab
named "Goldy." In his free time, he enjoys hunting, playing and
watching hockey, and running.
He earned his law
degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science, summa cum laude,
from Saint John's University.