Pier Ferdinando Casini
Pier Ferdinando Casini
|President of the Chamber of Deputies|
31 May 2001 – 29 April 2006
|President||Carlo Azeglio Ciampi|
|Preceded by||Luciano Violante|
|Succeeded by||Fausto Bertinotti|
|Member of the Chamber of Deputies|
12 July 1983 – 15 March 2013
|Member of the Senate|
|Assumed office |
15 March 2013
|President of the Centrist Democrat International|
29 January 2006 – 11 July 2015
|Preceded by||José María Aznar|
|Succeeded by||Andrés Pastrana Arango|
|Born||3 December 1955|
|Political party||CpE (since 2016)|
|Alma mater||University of Bologna|
Pier Ferdinando Casini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpjɛr ferdiˈnando kaˈziːni]; born 3 December 1955) is an Italian politician. He was President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies from 2001 to 2006. Casini is currently Honorific President of the Centrist Democrat International and Honorary President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and formerly was majority faction leader of the Union of the Centre (UdC).
Casini was born in Bologna and graduated with a degree in law. He was first elected in 1983 for the Christian Democracy party. In 1993, he was amongst the founders of the Christian Democratic Centre (CCD), which merged into Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC) in 2002. In 2001, after Silvio Berlusconi's victory in the general election, Casini was chosen by the newly formed parliament as President of the Chamber of Deputies (the Italian lower house of parliament). Up to 2006, with his UDC, he was widely regarded as one of the primary members of the House of Freedoms, and sometimes spoken of as a possible successor to Berlusconi himself as leader of the coalition. However, as the campaign for the 2008 general election began, Casini officially detached himself from Berlusconi's coalition, refusing to enter his new People of Freedom (PdL) party, preferring to contest the election alone. In a speech to his UDC party, Casini said that "not everyone is for sale", in a not so veiled statement about Berlusconi's political tactics. Casini ran on a purely 'centrist' platform, expanding the UDC into the Union of the Centre (UdC) along with Savino Pezzotta's White Rose. After 2008, he remained in opposition. At the 2009 Administrative elections, alliances were decided on a local bases, sometimes with PdL, and sometimes with the Democratic Party.
In 2018 Casini was re-elected Senator in the single-member college of Bologna with the support of the centre-left coalition.
Honours and awards
After his divorce from Roberta Lubich (mother of his two daughters, Maria Carolina and Benedetta), he started dating and eventually moved in with Azzurra Caltagirone, daughter of the famous Roman entrepreneur and publisher Francesco Gaetano Caltagirone. Later they would have a daughter and married on 27 October 2007.
|1983||Chamber of Deputies||Bologna–Ferrara–Ravenna–Forlì||DC||34,409||Elected|
|1987||Chamber of Deputies||Bologna–Ferrara–Ravenna–Forlì||DC||52,667||Elected|
|1992||Chamber of Deputies||Bologna–Ferrara–Ravenna–Forlì||DC||50,323||Elected|
|1994||Chamber of Deputies||Emilia-Romagna||CCD||–[a]||Elected|
|1996||Chamber of Deputies||Apulia – Maglie||CCD||39,863||Elected|
|2001||Chamber of Deputies||Lazio 1 – Pomezia||UDC||56,109||Elected|
|2006||Chamber of Deputies||Lombardy 1||UDC||–[a]||Elected|
|2008||Chamber of Deputies||Liguria||UDC||–[a]||Elected|
|2013||Senate of the Republic||Campania||UDC||–[a]||Elected|
|2018||Senate of the Republic||Emilia-Romagna – Bologna||CP||121,898||Elected|
- Elected in a closed list proportional representation system.
|1996 general election (C): Apulia — Maglie|
|Pier Ferdinando Casini||Pole for Freedoms||39,863||53.7|
|Aurelio Gianfreda||The Olive Tree||34,381||46.3|
|2001 general election (C): Lazio 1 — Pomezia|
|Pier Ferdinando Casini||House of Freedoms||56,109||54.5|
|Angelo Capriotti||The Olive Tree||37,365||36.3|
|2018 general election (S): Bologna|
|Pier Ferdinando Casini||Centre-left coalition||121,898||34.2|
|Elisabetta Brunelli||Centre-right coalition||99,824||28.0|
|Michela Montevecchi||Five Star Movement||87,052||24.4|
|Vasco Errani||Free and Equal||30,937||8.7|
- Mark Donovan; Paolo Onofri (2009). Italian politics: frustrated aspirations for change. Berghahn Books. p. 100ff. ISBN 978-1-84545-638-2. Retrieved 24 November 2010..
- Pope John Paul II (26 November 2003). "MESSAGE OF JOHN PAUL II TO HON. MR PIER FERDINANDO CASINI, PRESIDENT OF THE ITALIAN CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES". Vatican. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
- "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan".