The Victorian Nationals’ party room selected Member for Lowan Emma Kealy as their new Deputy Leader.

A special meeting was held on Monday evening following the resignation of Member for Euroa Steph Ryan last Wednesday.

Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh congratulated Ms Kealy on her selection, adding that the new leadership team will waste no time getting to work ahead of the November State Election.

“Emma has a strong reputation as a dedicated local advocate who will go above and beyond to secure the very best for the people of Lowan, which is an energy I know she’ll bring as Deputy Leader,” Mr Walsh said.

“As Shadow Minister, Emma has played a crucial role in leading the Liberals’ and Nationals’ response to support Victorians to recover and rebuild from the COVID pandemic.

“A former CEO of Edenhope hospital with a strong background in the health sector, Emma also brings a wealth of invaluable skills to her Shadow responsibilities as we continue to build our positive plan to fix Victoria’s health crisis.”

Ms Kealy was elected as the Member for Lowan in 2014, and currently holds shadow portfolios in Mental Health, Women, and for Prevention of Family Violence.