David McMahan grew up in politics. He moved with his family to Washington D.C. as a child, when his father took a position on the Appalachian Regional Commission and later served as a member of United States Senator Howard Baker’s staff and later as a member of the Majority Leader’s staff. As a young man, David worked on Capitol Hill as a U.S. Senate page and as an intern in Senator Baker’s office. There, David developed an understanding and appreciation for how government works.
McMahan has turned that early interest in politics into a career of government relations and has built McMahan, Winstead & Richardson into the top ranked firm in Tennessee, growing from a small regional firm in the 1990’s in to the statewide powerhouse it is today.
McMahan is experienced in all facets of government relations and has lobbied every department in state government on a variety of issues. He has gained a reputation as a timeless negotiator and cunning strategist. McMahan has been successful while representing unpopular positions, in times where the odds were against controversial issues.
McMahan has a reputation of being tough, hardworking, fair and honest. McMahan’s deep knowledge of government workings and contagious personality has led every major newspaper and news publication in Tennessee to call him the “top lobbyist on Capitol Hill” at one time or another. In fact, he is the only lobbyist consistently ranked by Business TN Magazine as one of the top 100 most powerful people in the State.
When the legislature is out of session, McMahan’s focus changes to fundraising and campaigns where he is involved in nearly every major political contest in the State. Ove the years, he has developed many resources from which to draw when the need arises. He understands the importance of being involved in the political process and has made sure that McMahan, Winstead & Richardson has the necessary resources to accomplish political goals both large and small.