Meet Kelly

The Honourable Kelly Regan, MLA is a leader, mother, grandmother, partner, and community champion.

Kelly is serving her fourth term as a Member of the Nova Scotia Legislature, following her election in 2021 as MLA for the newly created electoral district of Bedford Basin. She was first elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in June 2009 as the Member for Bedford – Birch Cove and was re-elected in the 2013 and 2017 elections as the member for Bedford. She is the longest-serving woman MLA currently sitting in the Nova Scotia Legislature.

Kelly is Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition, Chair of the Legislature’s Public Accounts Committee, and Health Critic.  She also serves on the Legislature’s Health Committee.

She previously served as Deputy Premier and in several cabinet portfolios, including Labour and Advanced Education, Status of Women, Community Services, and Seniors.  

Before entering politics, Kelly worked as a director, producer, writer and reporter, mostly in television news. She also served in a variety of community roles, volunteering with local journalism, educational, sports, fundraising, and church organizations.

She has been honoured with several awards, including the Halifax Progress Club’s Women of Excellence Award in the Communications Category (2012), the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Inspire Award for Public Service (2016), and earlier this year was recognized for her public service by Mount Saint Vincent University.  She has also been honoured with two Hygeia Awards for excellence in Health Communications and was part of teams that won several RTNDA awards for newscasts.

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Legal Studies (Co-operative Program).  

Kelly is the mother of three grown children and has been married to Geoff Regan for nearly thirty years.