Shad White

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Shad White
42nd Auditor of Mississippi
Assumed office
July 16, 2018
GovernorPhil Bryant
Tate Reeves (Elect)
Preceded byStacey E. Pickering
Personal details
Shadrack Tucker White

(1985-09-22) September 22, 1985 (age 34)
Sandersville, Mississippi, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Mississippi (BA)
St John's College, Oxford (MS)
Harvard University (JD)

Shadrack Tucker White (born September 22, 1985) is an American politician serving as the 42nd State Auditor of Mississippi. He previously served as Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute.[1] A Republican, White was appointed by Phil Bryant on July 16, 2018.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

White was born on September 22, 1985, in Sandersville, Mississippi. White's father, Charles Robert White, and grandfather, Charles Raymond White, were oilfield pumpers.[3] His mother, Emily Morgan White, was a public school art teacher.[3] White grew up in Sandersville, Mississippi, and attended Sandersville Elementary and Northeast Jones High School. He was a Lindy-Callahan Scholar-Athlete for the state in 2004.[4]

White attended the University of Mississippi and received an undergraduate degree in economics and political science in 2008. He worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts from 2008-2009 as a State Policy Fellow.[5] In 2008, White was named a Rhodes Scholar.[6] He studied economic and social history at St John's College, Oxford, earning a Master of Science degree, and rowed crew[7]. In 2010, White's home county named March 24 "Shad White Day."[8] "

White earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School[9] in 2014. While in law school, White was President of the Harvard chapter of the Federalist Society.[10][11]


In 2010, White worked as Policy and Research Director for Alan Nunnelee's successful campaign for Congress.[12] White was later hired by Phil Bryant to work as Director of Policy in Bryant's office while Bryant was serving as Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi.[13] In 2015, White again worked for Bryant as campaign manager for Bryant's re-election campaign.[14]

From 2016 to 2017, White worked as a litigation attorney at Butler Snow, LLP,[15] in Ridgeland, Mississippi. During that time, he also served as a special prosecutor in Rankin County, Mississippi.[1][10] In December 2017, White was named as the director of the Mississippi Justice Institute. While White served as Director, the Mississippi Justice Institute successfully[16] defended the constitutionality of charter schools in Mississippi in a trial court and won an Open Meetings Act case against the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors[17] and Natchez city government.[18][19]

On July 6, 2018, Governor Phil Bryant appointed White to serve as Mississippi's State Auditor following the resignation of Stacey Pickering. White is the first millennial to serve in a statewide office in the Deep South.[20]

Personal life[edit]

White, his wife Rina, and their daughter live in Flowood, Mississippi. They are members at St. Richard Church.[21]


  1. ^ a b Mississippi Center for Public Policy (May 9, 2019). "Mississippi Justice Institute - Mississippi Center for Public Policy". Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Mississippi Office of the State Auditor". July 6, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "NEJ grad sworn in as state auditor". Laurel Leader-Call. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Past Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete Winners. "Past Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete Winners – Mississippi High School Activities Association". Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "Shad White New State Auditor, Values Public Service and Accountability". Delta Business Journal. October 2, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sandersville Native Shad White Wins Coveted Rhodes Scholarship - Ole Miss News". November 21, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "SJCBC - St John's College, Oxford, Boat Club - Crews". Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "#2,188 Shad + Reeder Wedding + Movie Night". Laurel Mercantile Co.
  9. ^ "Justice Institute fights for open government, individual liberty - The Dispatch". May 31, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Shadrack White Named Head of Mississippi Justice Institute". December 5, 2017.
  11. ^ "Congratulations to the Harvard... - Harvard Federalist Society". Facebook. March 10, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  12. ^ McCreery, Teresa. "State Auditor Shad White to graduates: "own" your destiny". Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Gov. Phil Bryant names new state auditor to replace Stacey Pickering". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Slater running for governor, says Bryant has 'failed'". February 19, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  15. ^ "Pro Te: Solutio – Summer 2016". Butler Snow. January 17, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  16. ^ Shad White (February 13, 2018). "Victory for charter schools in Mississippi - Mississippi Center for Public Policy". Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  17. ^ Downard, Whitney (June 15, 2018). "Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors drops appeal over ethics violation | Local News". Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  18. ^ "Justice group works to fight for citizen rights". May 25, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  19. ^ Kroeger, Garrett (August 5, 2018). "Ethics report finds Natchez violated Open Meetings Act". Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  20. ^ "Get Access". Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  21. ^ "Mississippi Office of the State Auditor". Retrieved September 24, 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Stacey E. Pickering
Auditor of Mississippi