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 before serving as a member of United States Senator Howard Baker’s staff. His father later served 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.
Beth Winstead joined McMahan Winstead & Richardson in December 1996. After leaving her law practice in 1986, Beth held an array of positions in Governor Ned McWherter’s administration, including Field Director for his First Congressional District campaign, Special Assistant to the Governor for Boards and Commissions, and was a member of McWherter’s legislative team.
Anna M. Richardson joined McMahan Winstead & Richardson in 2011. Richardson is a licensed attorney with a degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.
Anna was first introduced to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2003 when she served as an intern in the office of Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. Her internship experience prompted an addiction to the legislative process which resulted in a perpetual desire to return to the push and pull of Capitol Hill.
Caroline Simmons joined McMahan Winstead & Richardson in 2012. Caroline’s first involvement in politics was in 2008 on Senator Doug Overbey’s successful state senate campaign. After witnessing the excitement and importance of the political process at the state level, Caroline took a keen interest in making it a career. Since joining the firm, Caroline has held an integral role in passing legislation for a variety of McMahan Winstead & Richardson clients ranging from medical providers to distillers, and from judges to clay shooting enthusiasts.
Andrea R. Bennett-Punke joined McMahan Winstead & Richardson in January 2018. Andrea developed a passion for state government while participating in the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program during her senior year of college. As an intern, Andrea worked for the Chief Clerk of the Senate and was later hired as a full-time staff member, serving as Legislative Assistant to Senator John Stevens.
JP Homik joined McMahan Winstead and Richardson in September 2022. JP is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. JP came to Tennessee in 2002 to serve in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He is a veteran of two combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As an Air Assault soldier, JP served in the most decorated Military Police Battalion in the US Army. He was awarded the combat action badge and the Army commendation medal for his service in Iraq.
Marquis Gough joined McMahan Winstead & Richardson in September 2022. Marquis first discovered his love for the political process in high school when he attended Boys State. It was while taking an active part in the coalition-building, strategic partnerships, and successful campaign management – all critical pieces in the Boys State experience, that he developed a lifelong passion for the process.