Patricia Saint Aubin believes the job of the State Auditor isn’t to justify state spending, but rather to put the onus on the agencies, authorities, departments and vendors of state government to prove that they are acting efficiently and responsibly when spending state tax dollars. “Under my leadership, the Auditor’s Office will not be a passive rubberstamp; it will be an aggressive watchdog on behalf of taxpayers,” said Saint Aubin.
Patricia is a lifelong Massachusetts resident who was raised in South Dartmouth and attended Bishop Stang High School. Growing up, Patricia’s parents instilled in her the values of public service, civic involvement and charity. Her father was a Marine Corps Veteran who earned his living as a Commercial Painting Contractor, while still finding time to organize the annual St. Mary’s Church Fair and serve as President of the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce. Her mother was also a local leader and elected Town Meeting member for many years.
After high school, Patricia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Providence College in 1980 before embarking on a career in business. She got her start as an Accounting student and continued as an Auditor with the Asset-Based Lending group of the Shawmut Bank in Boston, and then went on to stints with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company and Connecticut Mutual, now MassMutual, as well as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). It was at BIDMC that Patricia pioneered one of the first corporate wellness programs, now a staple of so many health and insurance programs.
She later returned to her alma mater at Providence College, earning her Masters in American History in 2009, and is now pursuing a double major Masters in European History there.
A competitive swimmer since the age of 6, Patricia is recognized as a U.S. Master Swimmer, ranked among the best in her age group for nearly a decade. Last year, she competed in a prestigious U.S. Masters Nationals in Indianapolis, racing to a 4th Place finish -- in her age bracket -- in a 1,650-yard swim, called “The Mile,” that involves completing 33 laps down and back in the pool without stopping.
After seeing loved ones afflicted with cancer, Patricia became a fixture at numerous volunteer and philanthropic swim events including “Swim Across America,” where she is consistently one of the top fundraisers, to raise awareness and support for Dana-Farber and cancer research.
A resident of Norfolk with her husband, Ralph Greggs, Patricia has also been active at the local level volunteering on boards and committees including the Norfolk Bylaw Study Committee, Hockomock YMCA, the Norfolk Open Space Committee and Boston Life Underwriters Association. A 17-year member of the Norfolk Republican Town Committee, and the current Vice-Chair, Patricia was elected Republican State Committeewoman for the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex district in 2012. In that capacity, she serves as the representative of the state party, assisting and recruiting candidates for local and state office.