Bai Qingcai, male, Han nationality, was born in 1932 in Wutai, Shanxi Province. He joined the CPC in 1955 and spent the next 30 years working in financial institutions and rising steadily in Party posts in Shanxi Province. He was vice-governor of Shanxi Province from 1983 to 1985, and he was a standing committee member of the CPC Shanxi Provincial Committee during 1985-1990.
Bai then served successively as vice-governor and governor of Shaanxi Province from 1990 to 1994, and he was deputy secretary of the CPC Shaanxi Provincial Committee from 1990 to1995. He was elected vice-president of the 2nd Council of the All-China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives in 1995.
Bai was a delegate to the 13th and 15th CPC National Congresses and a member of the 14th CPC Central Committee. He was also a member of the 7th and 8th NPC National Congresses and a member of the standing committee of the 9th NPC.