Gay Hart Gaines served as the Vice Regent of The Mount Vernon Ladies Association, representing the state of Florida, for 13 years. She was elected Regent from 2004-2007. She helped lead the creation of an Education Center and Museum at Mount Vernon, and then the Presidential library, devoted to the study of George Washington. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed Gaines to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position she held for seven years. Gaines has long been active in Republican politics. From 1993 to 1997, at the request of Newt Gingrich, she chaired GOPAC, a political action committee that was instrumental in the historic Republican victories of 1994. Gaines was the first Chair of The National Review Institute, an organization founded in her Florida home by National Review Editor John O’Sullivan, President Dusty Rhodes and Publisher Wick Allison. Gaines is a graduate of Sweet Briar College, and has been married to Stanley N. Gaines since 1959. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.