Shad White is 42nd State Auditor of Mississippi
Today, State Auditor Shad White was sworn into office as the 42nd State Auditor of Mississippi in the Old Mississippi Supreme Court Chamber in the Mississippi Capitol.
The oath of office was administered by current Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William L. “Bill” Waller, Jr. while White’s father, Bob, held the Bible used for the ceremony. Members of the audience included Governor Phil Bryant, friends and family of Auditor White, OSA employees, and members of the media.
Auditor White has already begun meeting with senior staff at OSA, saying: ““I’m excited to get to work on behalf of the people of Mississippi. I told my staff this morning that I believe that as iron sharpens iron, so too does one man sharpen another. My goal in these early days is that my staff and I will sharpen one another in order to do the best possible job for those who have trusted us to watch their money. I’ll bring every ounce of energy and whatever talent God gave me to meet this new responsibility.”
A brief introduction to State Auditor Shad White:
Shad White grew up in Sandersville, Mississippi – population 731 – in a blue-collar family. His father and grandfather were oilfield pumpers, and his mother and grandmother were teachers. On the weekends, his father was music minister at their small country church, and his mother played the organ. Today his father serves as mayor of their small town.
After attending public school, Shad earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Mississippi. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, earning a master’s in economic history. Shad holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he learned the meaning of fighting values that might be unpopular. While there, Shad served as President of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal association, and brought speakers to campus to defend the legality of public prayer, the morality of work and free enterprise, and the importance of traditional moral values.
In 2011, Shad served as Director of Policy to then-Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. Shad later practiced law in the private sector, served as a special prosecutor in Rankin County, and served as Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute. At the Mississippi Justice Institute, Shad filed and led cases against public officials when they violated Mississippi's open government and ethics laws. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi, earned a certificate in forensic accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and previously worked as a fellow at a national think tank on state policy.
On July 6, 2018, Governor Phil Bryant announced his appointment of Shad to serve as the 42nd State Auditor of Mississippi.
Today Shad and his wife, Rina, live in Rankin County and are faithful members at St. Richard Church.