Kelly Regan was first elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature in June 2009 and was re-elected in the 2013 and 2017 provincial elections as the Member for Bedford.
In February 2021, Premier Iain Rankin appointed her Deputy Premier and Minister of the Department of Seniors, and re-appointed her as Minister of Community Services and Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
Previously, Kelly served as a member of the Executive Councils of Premier Stephen McNeil from 2013 onward. She served as 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.