|Williams James "Will" Ainsworth|
Alabama State Representative
for District 27 (Blount, DeKalb,
and Marshall counties)
November 4, 2014 – November 6, 2018 (running for lieutenant governor)
|Preceded by||Wes Long|
|Spouse(s)||Kendall Foster Ainsworth|
|Children||Hunter, Hays, and Addie Ainsworth|
|Alma mater||Auburn University|
|Religion||Non-denominational Christian youth pastor|
Williams James Ainsworth, known as Will Ainsworth (born 1981), is a businessman and youth pastor from Guntersville, Alabama, who has since 2014 represented District 27 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district encompasses Blount, DeKalb, and Marshall counties in the northeastern portion of his state. He is a candidate for his party's nomination in 2018 for lieutenant governor. His opposition will include Twinkle Cavanaugh, president of the Alabama Public Service Commission.
Ainsworth is a son of Billy Ainsworth, a businessman and church leader, and Sharon Ainsworth, the director of Real Life Crisis Pregnancy Center in Albertville, also in Marshall County. He received a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He owns and operates the Dream Ranch hunting lodge and is a co-founder of the Tennessee Valley Hunting and Fishing Expo. He is the youth pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Albertville.
In 2014, incumbent Republican Representative Wes Long, claiming family considerations, declined to seek reelection to his District 27 House seat. Ainsworth won the Republican nomination and then defeated a Democrat, Jeff McLaughlin, 7,355 votes (59.7 percent) to 4,959 (40.2 percent).
Ainsworth serves on these House committees: (1) Agriculture and Forestry, (2) Ethics and Campaign Finance, (3) Public Safety and Homeland Security, and (4) Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure.
In 2015, Ainsworth backed legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. He voted to establish public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He voted to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measure approved by the full House, 52-43. He opposed the increase in the cigarette tax, which nevertheless passed the House, 52-46. In 2016, Ainsworth supported legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He voted for additional funding for new prison facilities, a measure which passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, he voted to authorize midwives to practice in his state, a measure which won House approval, 84-11. He voted to reduce the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic monuments, which passed 72-29. He voted to prohibit judicial override of sentencing guidelines, which passed the House, 78-19.