David McRae is a fourth-generation Mississippian. His great-grandfather, Sam McRae, reared on a farm in rural Rankin County, established the S.P. McRae Company on Capitol Street in 1902. This family business grew to become one of the premier department store chains in the southeast and remained so for over 100 years. McRae continues to be involved in the family business, McRae Investments, and is also a licensed attorney. He is active in civic and charity organizations throughout the community and statewide. His civic involvement includes efforts to expand the presence of the Metro Capital Area Habitat for Humanity, work with Friends of Children’s Hospital and the American Heart Association, and time serving as liaison with the Mississippi Museum of Art to fund the McRae Children’s Fountains.
While studying for his law degree, McRae was Chief Justice of the Honor Court and worked for Justice Jess Dickinson at the Mississippi Supreme Court.
McRae lives in Ridgeland with his wife, Katherine, and their three children. Katherine spent six years working on Hurricane Katrina recovery projects for the Mississippi Development Authority. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Children’s Hospital and is active in the Mississippi Museum of Art, Habitat for Humanity, Jackson Symphony League, and Junior League of Jackson.
Jackson Preparatory School
Southern Methodist University
Mississippi College School of Law