Laura Ross was born and raised on the family farm near Yorkton and attended the University of Regina where she obtained a B.A. in geography and sociology. For more than twenty years Laura was a licensed realtor in Regina specializing in residential properties. Prior to her success as a realtor, she operated her own catering company and farmed with her husband Terry.
Laura was first elected in the 2007 provincial election as MLA for Regina Qu’Appelle Valley, now named Regina Rochdale. She was re-elected in 2011, 2016 and 2020.
Laura has served as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Health, responsible for retention and recruitment of nurses, long-term care and the reduction of surgical wait times. She also served a term as Minister of Government Services.
Laura has also served as a member of the Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice Committee as well as the Provincial Capital Commission.
On November 9, 2020, Premier Scott Moe appointed Laura as the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.
Laura is a founding member in the Saskatchewan Chapter of Equal Voice and serves as a role model and mentor to young women interested in professional and political lives. Laura was also instrumental in the development of Regina’s first Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build project in 2011 and she sat on a committee to spearhead the Habitat for Humanity Mountie House.
Laura served as Chair of the Common Wealth Women Parliamentarians Canadian Region from 2017-2020. During her time as Chair she helped create the She Should Run campaign schools initiative. The campaign aims to launch non-partisan “campaign schools” where women can come to learn about the processes of running for public office. Laura also partners with Minister Christine Tell to host and present Self Esteem Workshops for young girls and their mentors.
Laura currently resides in Regina with her husband Terry. They have one son.