Chris DeLaForest, the chief lobbyist for Gov. Tim Pawlenty (official title: director of legislative and cabinet affairs), is leaving the administration as the governor’s second term nears an end.
DeLaForest’s last day is Nov. 5; Pawlenty will serve through the end of the year and isn’t seeking a third term.
DeLaForest had served three terms in the state House and then formed a government affairs firm. He joined Pawlenty’s staff in June 2009.
Replacing him will be Brian LeClair, a former state senator, who works in the governor’s office and had been a health policy adviser to the governor. LeClair is one of 24 people on the Nov. 2 ballot for an open judgeship in Washington County.