Piero Fassino

Piero Franco Rodolfo Fassino (born 7 October 1949 in Avigliana, Piedmont) is an Italian politician with the Democratic Party. He was Mayor of Turin from 2011 until 2016 and is a former national secretary of the Democrats of the Left party.[1]

Piero Fassino
Piero Fassino - Trento 2013.JPG
38th Mayor of Turin
In office
16 May 2011 – 20 June 2016
Preceded bySergio Chiamparino
Succeeded byChiara Appendino
Minister of Justice
In office
26 April 2000 – 11 June 2001
Prime MinisterGiuliano Amato
Preceded byOliviero Diliberto
Succeeded byRoberto Castelli
Minister of Foreign Trade
In office
21 October 1998 – 26 April 2000
Prime MinisterRomano Prodi
Preceded byAugusto Fantozzi
Succeeded byEnrico Letta (Industry, Commerce and Craftsmanship)
Personal details
Born (1949-10-07) 7 October 1949 (age 70)
Avigliana, Italy
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Anna Maria Serafini
Alma materUniversity of Turin

Early life and educationEdit

Piero Fassino was born in Avigliana (province of Turin), in a traditional socialist family. He graduated in Political Sciences.

Political careerEdit

Fassino registered with the Youth Communist Federation of Turin in 1968, becoming their secretary three years later.

In 1975 he was elected as Member of the City Council of the Piedmont regional capital, a position he remained in for ten years. From 1985 to 1990 he held a position as Provincial Councillor, also in Turin.

He was also secretary of the provincial Italian Communist Party (PCI) federation of Turin from 1983 to 1987, when he was elected as member of the National Secretary's Office of the party, first as the Secretary's Office Coordinator, then as Responsible of Organization, during the period where the party was transformed from the PCI into the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS).

From 1991 to 1996 he was International Secretary of the new party; his first election to the Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of the Italian parliament) was in 1994. Re-elected in 1996, he was appointed in 1998 as Minister for Foreign Commerce in the government headed by Massimo D'Alema. From 2000, he was Minister of Justice in the Giuliano Amato government.[1]

Candidate as vice-premier of The Olive Tree coalition in a ticket with former Rome Mayor Francesco Rutelli for the 2001 general elections in Italy won by the House of Freedoms rival coalition, he was still re-elected as a Member of Parliament.

In 2001, during the National Party Congress of the Democrats of the Left, he was elected as secretary (a position of leader in Italian political parties). He was then re-elected in February 2005, during the party congress.

He received the America Award from the Italy-USA Foundation in 2010.

Other activitiesEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Fassino is married to Anna Maria Serafini, who was elected in Italian Senate (the second chamber of the Italian parliament) in 2006.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Augusto Fantozzi
Minister of Foreign Trade
Succeeded by
Enrico Letta
as Minister of Industry, Commerce and Craftsmanship
Preceded by
Oliviero Diliberto
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Roberto Castelli
Preceded by
Sergio Chiamparino
Mayor of Turin
Succeeded by
Chiara Appendino
Party political offices
Preceded by
Walter Veltroni
Secretary of the Democrats of the Left
Succeeded by
Walter Veltroni
as Secretary of the Democratic Party
Diplomatic posts
New office European Union Special Envoy for Burma
Succeeded by