Shad White
State Auditor


Shad White, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), 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. Shad went on to earn degrees from the University of Mississippi, the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Law School.

Governor Phil Bryant appointed Shad as State Auditor in 2018. Shad quickly established a tough, no-nonsense reputation. Prior to becoming Auditor, Shad served as a special prosecutor, won ethics cases against politicians who broke the law, and earned a certificate in forensic accounting (the use of accounting to discover fraud) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Drawing on that experience, the Auditor's office made multiple notable arrests in Shad's first year in office. The amount of stolen or misspent public money demanded back for the taxpayers increased by millions under Shad's leadership. The Auditor's office pursued aggressive consequences for embezzlers regardless of whether they were Republicans or Democrats. Shad was elected with no opposition to a full four-year term in 2019.

Today Shad, his wife Rina and their daughter live in Rankin County and are faithful members at St. Richard Church.


The State Auditor is responsible for auditing all state agencies, county governments, school districts, junior colleges and universities; conducting investigations into abuse of public funds and violations of law; providing best practices for all public offices of regional and local subdivisions of the state, systems of accounting, budgeting and reporting financial facts relating to said offices in conformity with legal requirements and with generally accepted accounting principles; conducting inventory audits of all state property; and validating average daily attendance (ADA) counts in the state’s public schools. The State Auditor is elected to a four-year term and may be re-elected. Miss. Const. 1890, Article 5, SS 113, 115, 134, and 136. Miss. Code Ann. SS 7-7-1, et seq. (1972).

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