About the Auditor

Delaware State Auditor Lydia E. York began her term of office on January 3, 2023 as the first African-American woman elected to an executive office in Delaware history.

Lydia York, wearing sunglasses in cap and gown, standing outside between her parents on graduation day, Florida A&M University.

Lydia was born in Southern Pines, North Carolina, but relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her parents when she was six years old. Lydia attended Pittsburgh Public Schools and graduated from Peabody High School where she studied piano and cello, participated in All-City Orchestra, lettered in swimming, volleyball, and basketball.

Lydia majored in accounting at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and graduated Magna cum Laude in addition to serving as student government representative, Senior Class President, and becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, a membership she proudly represents to this day.

After graduating from FAMU, Lydia returned to Pittsburgh and started her career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and became a certified public accountant. She later worked at American Hardware Supply Co. (TruServe) as an accounting supervisor.

Lydia continued her education and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania earning an MBA with a concentration in Finance. She spent ten years working on complex financial products at Mellon Bank, N.A., Westinghouse Credit Corporation and Duquesne Light Company. After moving to Delaware, Lydia attended Temple University Beasley School of Law. Upon graduation, Lydia clerked for the Honorable Phillip Lewis Paley, J.S.C. in the Middlesex Vicinage of New Jersey. At the conclusion of her clerkship, she completed an LL.M. in Taxation.

Auditor York brings her considerable professional and academic experience in accounting, finance, and the legal profession to her role as the Delaware State Auditor. As Auditor of Accounts, York looks forward to fulfilling her office’s critical role in completing Delaware’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, the Uniform Guidance Single Audit, serving on the Board of Pardons, and completing other critical mandates and workloads outlined in Delaware Code and the Delaware Constitution. The Delaware State Auditor’s office works to ensure simplicity, accuracy, efficiency, and economy in the State of Delaware.