Pickering's chief of staff leaving to join Cochran's team

State Auditor Stacey Pickering's chief of staff is leaving to head Sen. Thad Cochran's field office, the senator said in a press release today.

Brad White's new job includes running the Jackson field office's constituent outreach and services.

White, a native of Simpson County, will begin duties as Cochran's state office director on June 1, replacing long-time Cochran aide Brad Davis, who is joining the private sector, the release said.

"My field offices do very good work helping Mississippians, and Brad White will be taking on important responsibilities for my offices throughout the state, including leading our efforts in Mississippi's most populous and diverse regions.  I think his work record will serve him well in this capacity," Cochran said.

White has been deputy state auditor and chief of staff for Pickering's office since 2013.

He also has worked at the Mississippi Public Service Commission, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Simpson County Development Foundation and the Mississippi Republican Party.  White, who now lives in Madison, has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Belhaven University.

Davis, a native of Ripley, is joining the law firm of Jones Walker LLP in Jackson as a Special Counsel in the Business and Commercial Transactions Practice Group, the release said.  He has been with Cochran more than 15 years, beginning as an intern in 2000. Davis left briefly in 2014 to serve as the general election campaign manager for the senator. Davis has undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Mississippi.