Elected as Mississippi’s 41st State Auditor in 2007, Stacey Pickering was re-elected as State Auditor in 2011, receiving over 75 percent of the vote in the November General Election. Since 2008, Pickering has recovered more than $21 million in embezzled, misappropriated and misspent taxpayer money on behalf of Mississippians. Throughout his political career, Pickering has made tremendous strides in creating more accountability and transparency in government and continues to promote fiscal responsibility and the need for more efficiency and productivity in government.
In August 2014, Auditor Pickering received the David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award, a national award that is presented once every two years to three auditors from the public sector accountability community who represent federal, state, and local government. He was previously honored with the National State Auditor’s Association’s “National Excellence in Accountability Award” for his work on ARRA accountability and oversight in June 2012. In 2009, and again in 2013, the Department of Defense honored him with a Patriot Award from its Mississippi Committee on Employer’s Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in recognition of his extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Mississippi National Guard and Reserve.
During the 2012 presidential election, Stacey served as the state chairman of Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign in Mississippi where he was surrogate speaking statewide, organizing a volunteer base and raising funds to help in Governor Romney’s Presidential race.
Auditor Pickering currently serves on the Domestic Working Group for the Office of the Comptroller General of the United States. He also serves on the Financial Management and Intergovernmental Affairs and Performance Audit Committees for the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers and is a member of the National State Auditors Association. Stacey Pickering serves as a Chaplain in the Mississippi Air National Guard of the 253rd Air Support Squadron. He is also a dedicated troop leader for Boy Scouts of America.
Auditor Pickering is a seventh-generation Mississippian from Jones County. He and his wife, Whitney, live in Laurel, Miss., with their four children.