John Keast leads a diverse group of clients at Cornerstone Government Affairs, ranging from non-profit associations to defense corporations. A member of the firm since 2006, Keast combines his extensive background on Capitol Hill and as a political consultant to provide a unique mix of strategic and tactical services to a broad and diverse set of clients. John came to Cornerstone after eleven years as the Chief of Staff for then-Representative (now Senator) Roger Wicker (R-MS). Since 1995, he ran all facets of the congressman's administrative, policy and political activities. He also served in a concurrent role as an associate staff member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Mike Smith advises a broad array of non-profit, corporate and tribal entities on a host of issues before the federal government including health care, energy, transportation, technology, tax, and trade matters. With his years of legislative and regulatory experience, as well as numerous contacts in all corners of government, Mike is able to serve his clients’ diverse needs. Mike has extensive experience and remains heavily involved in Democratic politics at the local, state and federal levels. In 2004, DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe appointed Mike to the Credentials Committee of the Democratic National Convention. Previously, he served as the Midwest Political Director for the Gore 2000 and Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaigns. In this position, he coordinated the campaign’s efforts in 8 states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, in the battleground area of the Midwest.