Ainsley was raised in North Carolina. Her father was a member of the Republican Party and grandfather was the State Chair of the North Carolina Republican Party. She was Episcopalian and a member of the Federalist Society. She was referred to as a "blonde Republican sex kitten."
Ainsley attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She then graduated from Harvard Law School. Prior to taking position as Associate White House Counsel, Hayes clerked for Supreme Court Justice Dreifort. She was a life-long member of the Republican Party.
Ainsley published a number of op-eds critical of Leo McGarry, the Bartlet Administration, and the Democratic Party. She came to President Bartlet's attention after an appearance on Capital Beat opposite Sam Seaborn. She beat Sam so mercilessly that the rest of the Senior Staff made fun of him and the President asked Leo to hire her, calling her "smart". ("In This White House") Ainsley advised senior White House staff on a number of occasions, eventually receiving a promotion (albiet for political reasons) to Deputy White House Counsel ("The U.S. Poet Laureate").
Ainsley played the trombone, had a sweet tooth, and a penchant for Fresca, which was not stocked in the White House. ("The Portland Trip"). She was a noted fan of musicals and older music in general including Eydie Gorme's 1963 hit Blame it on the Bossa Nova. She even got into a mild argument with White House Counsel Lionel Tribbey over whether 'For He is an Englishman' was from Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore or Pirates of Penzance. Sam Seaborn later decorated her office (the Steampipe Trunk Distribution Venue) with posters from many of Gilbert and Sullivan's musicals, including Pinafore and Penzance. ("And It's Surely to Their Credit")
As a Republican, she often held personal positions that were at odds with those of the Bartlet White House. She once returned to her Alma Mater, Smith College for a panel to argue against the Equal Rights Amendment, a position that Sam couldn't understand. She said she felt "covered" by the 14th Amendment. ("17 People") She also reversed Sam's position in a memo regarding employee fraud at small businesses. He eventually recommended it be passed on to Congress. ("The Lame Duck Congress")
Hayes had an Undergraduate degree from Smith College and JD from Harvard Law School.
|Associate White House Counsel|
unknown, eventually Joe Quincy