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Chief lobbyist leaves as Pawlenty’s term winds down

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.

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