Miri Regev was born in Kiryat Gat on May 26, 1965. In 1983 she enlisted in the IDF and served in the Gadna Cadet Corps as a mentor, handling problem youths and preparing them for military service, and as a platoon commander in a Gadna base.
In 1986 she started her standing army career in the IDF Spokesperson’s Division as spokesperson for Southern Command, under the command of Brig. General Yitzhak Mordechai. In the following years she performed a variety of professional and command tasks in the Spokesperson’s Division, in the field and at HQ, and was eventually promoted to the position of IDF Spokesperson.
When Brig. General Dan Halutz was appointed Chief of Staff in 2005, Miri Regev was appointed IDF Spokesperson, the second woman to hold this position, and the first who came up through the ranks in the Spokesperson’s Division, starting with minor roles and eventually reaching the top.
In November 2008, Regev left the IDF and in spite of the difficult personal dilemma she faced, decided to continue her public activity, and announced she was entering politics and would compete for a place on the Likud list for the elections to the 18th Knesset. Three months later she was elected a member of the 18th Knesset.
Regev has a BA in Informal Education, and MA in Business Administration, and is a graduate of the Inter-Branch Command & Staff College. She lives in Rosh Ha’ayin and is married with three children.