Doreen Hamilton was born and raised in Regina. She received her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Regina. She taught in a variety of locations including Southey, Saskatchewan and Burn Lake, British Columbia before returning to Regina. She was a City Councillor from 1985 to 1991. In October 1988 she became Regina’s first female Mayor when current Mayor Larry Schneider resigned to run as a federal candidate in the upcoming federal election, winning a coin toss for the honour.
In 1991, Hamilton ran for and won the provincial riding of Regina-Wascana Plains. She has been Secretary to the Premier for the Voluntary Sector Initiative, Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, the Public Service Commission, Wascana Centre Authority and as Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. She has also been Deputy Whip of the Government. A meeting room in City Hall is named in her honour.
CORA-A-0233 Mayor Doreen Hamilton speaking at re-dedication ceremonies for the Albert Street Memorial Bridge, 1988