Rural Mississippi Roots
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. Later in life, his father served as mayor of their small town.
A Bright, New Mississippi Future
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 for your values even when it’s 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.
A Tough, Trusted Conservative
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.
Strong Christian Values
Today Shad, his wife Rina, and their daughter live in Rankin County and are faithful members at St. Richard Church. Rina’s parents immigrated to the United States from India over 30 years ago in pursuit of the American Dream. Her father practiced medicine in Picayune and Slidell for three decades and their family attended St. Luke’s Church in Slidell. Rina is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.