Karen Casey is a life-long resident of Colchester North and currently lives in Valley, Colchester County, with her husband, Glen. They have two adult sons and four grandchildren.
Karen has been involved with the educational system throughout her life. A graduate of the Nova Scotia Teachers' College, she has also earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University, and a Masters in Education from Saint Mary's University.
Karen has a wide range of experience in the school system. She was a school teacher in the town of Truro, an administrator at North River Elementary School, a Regional Supervisor with the Colchester East Hants District School Board, an Assistant Superintendent with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, and an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Education, Acadia University and the University of Prince Edward Island.
Elected in June 2006 as the MLA for Colchester North, Karen has been responsible for several portfolios in government, including and Early Childhood Developmen, Chair of Treasury and Policy Board, Minister of Health, Minister responsible for the Youth Secretariat Act and Minister responsible for the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act.
Karen was re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. After serving as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Chair of Treasury and Policy Board, Karen has been appointed Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance.