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.
Among his achievements during his tenure at Cornerstone is the passage of re-authorization legislation affecting muscular dystrophy. Utilizing the talents of the entire Cornerstone team, Keast led an effort that resulted in passage of the legislation in just eight months after the bill’s introduction.
Keast came to Cornerstone after eleven years as the Chief of Staff for then-Representative (now Senator) Roger Wicker (R-MS). Since 1995, Keast 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.
On Capitol Hill, Keast worked with municipal, corporate, and institutional constituents to pursue appropriations funding requests. His focused area of concentration was in the fields of natural resources and energy. He has also worked widely in the health, defense, economic development, and labor policy areas.
Prior to his service for the U.S. House of Representatives, Keast served as a political consultant. In that capacity Keast directly managed or consulted more than twenty campaigns at the state-wide, Congressional, and state legislative levels. He also served in a policy role for a non-profit research and education foundation, during which he authored a number of policy analyses, voting-pattern studies, and news editorials.
Keast is married to Virginia Hill of Mississippi. They reside in Manassas, Virginia, and have three children.