Chris DeLaForest established DeLaForest
Consulting, LLC in 2008 after serving in both the legislative and
executive branches of state government.
He can leverage
his years of experience in Minnesota government and the relationships he
has developed to effectively represent your interests and achieve
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 served Governor Tim Pawlenty as his 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 federal government.
Prior to working in the executive branch, Chris served in the Minnesota
House of Representatives for three terms, 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 efforts.
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 staff officer.
Chris lives in the northern Minneapolis 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.