Kelly Regan was first elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in June 2009 as the member for Bedford—Birch Cove. She was re-elected in 2013 and 2017 as the member for Bedford and in 2021 as the member for Bedford Basin.
In September of 2021, Liberal Leader, Iain Rankin, appointed her the critic for Finance and Treasury Board, Seniors and Long Term Care, and Chair of Public Accounts.
Previously, Kelly served as a member of the Executive Councils of both Premier Stephen McNeil and Premier Iain Rankin from 2013 onward. She served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Community Services, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and Minister responsible for Youth as well as other duties. She has served on the Treasury and Policy Board cabinet committee since 2017.
In her first term in elected office, Kelly served as Opposition critic of Status of Women, Education, Advanced Education, Labour, and Community Services, as well as Caucus Chair and Whip.
Prior to entering politics, Kelly worked as an award-winning television director, producer, and writer. She has been deeply involved in her community, volunteering with many organizations.
Kelly was honoured to receive an Inspire Award for Public Service from Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Greater Halifax in 2018. She was named a Progress Club “Woman of Excellence” in the Communications and Public Affairs category in November 2012.
Kelly is an honours graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Co-op English Program (Legal Studies Option).
Kelly has been married to Halifax West MP Geoff Regan since 1993; they have three adult children.