Hon. Darlene Compton was elected as the MLA for Belfast-Murray River in 2015, 2019, and 2023. In May 2019, she was appointed Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance. She also served as Minister responsible for the Status of Women from 2019 - 2020. She has previously served on the Standing Committees on Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability; Legislative Management; Public Accounts; and, Health and Wellness.
During her time in Opposition, Speaker Compton served as Opposition House Leader and Opposition Critic for Finance, Family and Human Services, and the Status of Women.
Speaker Compton earned a business degree from Casco Bay College before living and working overseas for many years. Prior to being elected, she worked as administrator of the Dr. John Gillis Memorial Lodge. She sits on the board of the Belfast Development Corporation and the Belfast Recreation Centre. She also serves as a director of the Belfast Historical Society.
Speaker Compton has two grown children, Katie and Glen, and lives in South Pinette with her husband Russell. she was elected Speaker by the House on May 12, 2023.