Chris Herstam

Chris Herstam

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201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Mr. Herstam, a principal of the Firm, has been the Chairman of the Arizona Government Relations Practice since 1996. He has been active at the Arizona State capitol for more than 30 years, serving in a variety of public policy positions.

Mr. Herstam is a former gubernatorial Chief of Staff and Director of Communications (1991-1992) for then Governor Fife Symington. He implemented gubernatorial public policy goals and served as a representative and liaison for the governor with legislators, state, county and municipal government officials and media. Mr. Herstam served as a key member of Arizona Governor Jane Hull’s transition team in September, 1997. Governor Hull appointed Herstam to an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents where he served as President of the Board in 2004. He co-chaired former Governor Janet Napolitano’s transition team in November and December, 2002 and also served on Attorney General Napolitano’s transition team in December, 1998.

Mr. Herstam was Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance from 1993 to August, 1996. He provided management and policy direction to the regulatory agency. Mr. Herstam was a State Representative for eight years (1983-1990) in the Arizona House of Representatives. He served as Republican Majority Whip, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and Chairman of the House Counties and Municipalities Committee. Mr. Herstam has also been a governmental affairs and corporate relations executive for a major Arizona health care company.

In addition, Mr. Herstam is a frequent guest appearing on local television and radio outlets to discuss public policy and political issues.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Sandra Day O'Connor Institute, Board Member, March 2017
  • Grand Canyon Institute, Board Member
  • Arizona State University Alumni Association, Former Board Member
  • Central Arizona Shelter Services CASS, Former Board Member
  • Arizona Judicial Council, Former Board Member
  • Arizona Board of Regents which oversees the states public university system, Former Member and President
  • Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, Former Member of the Board and Former Chairman
  • Arizona Supreme Court Task Force on the Role and Structure of the State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Flinn Foundation, Public Policy Consultant


  • "2017 State Capital Reality," Valley Leadership, December 2016
  • "2017 Legislative Review," Flinn-Brown Leadership Academy, December 2016
  • “2016 Arizona Legislative Session Preview,” Arizona Grant makers Forum, January 2016
  • “2016 State Capitol and Election Preview,” Flinn-Brown Leadership Academy, Flinn Foundation, December 2015
  • “Arizona Politics Reality Check,” Valley Leadership, December 2015
  • Panelist, "Elections: Whose Vote is it Anyway," Issues & Answers Forum with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, O’Connor House, June 2014

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M.A., Arizona State University, 1972
B.A., Arizona State University, 1971