Pier Ferdinando Casini

Union of the Centre (2002) Italian Chamber of Deputies Chamber of Deputies (Italy)
Pier Ferdinando Casini
Pier Ferdinando Casini 2016.jpg
President of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
31 May 2001 – 29 April 2006
PresidentCarlo Azeglio Ciampi
Preceded byLuciano Violante
Succeeded byFausto Bertinotti
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
12 July 1983 – 15 March 2013
Member of the Senate
Assumed office
15 March 2013
President of the Centrist Democrat International
In office
29 January 2006 – 11 July 2015
Preceded byJosé María Aznar
Succeeded byAndrés Pastrana Arango
Personal details
Born (1955-12-03) 3 December 1955 (age 64)
Bologna, Italy
Political partyCpE (since 2016)
UDC (2002–2016)
CCD (1994–2002)
DC (1980–1994)
Alma materUniversity of Bologna

Pier Ferdinando Casini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpjɛr ferdiˈnando kaˈziːni]; born 3 December 1955) is an Italian politician.[1] He was President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies from 2001 to 2006.[2] 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.

Electoral history

Election House Constituency Party Votes Result
1983 Chamber of Deputies Bologna–Ferrara–Ravenna–Forlì DC 34,409 ☑Y Elected
1987 Chamber of Deputies Bologna–Ferrara–Ravenna–Forlì DC 52,667 ☑Y Elected
1992 Chamber of Deputies Bologna–Ferrara–Ravenna–Forlì DC 50,323 ☑Y Elected
1994 Chamber of Deputies Emilia-Romagna CCD [a] ☑Y Elected
1996 Chamber of Deputies Apulia – Maglie CCD 39,863 ☑Y Elected
2001 Chamber of Deputies Lazio 1 – Pomezia UDC 56,109 ☑Y Elected
2006 Chamber of Deputies Lombardy 1 UDC [a] ☑Y Elected
2008 Chamber of Deputies Liguria UDC [a] ☑Y Elected
2013 Senate of the Republic Campania UDC [a] ☑Y Elected
2018 Senate of the Republic Emilia-Romagna – Bologna CP 121,898 ☑Y Elected
  1. ^ a b c d Elected in a closed list proportional representation system.

First-past-the-post elections

1996 general election (C): ApuliaMaglie
Candidate Coalition Votes %
Pier Ferdinando Casini Pole for Freedoms 39,863 53.7
Aurelio Gianfreda The Olive Tree 34,381 46.3
Total 72,244 100.0
2001 general election (C): Lazio 1Pomezia
Candidate Coalition Votes %
Pier Ferdinando Casini House of Freedoms 56,109 54.5
Angelo Capriotti The Olive Tree 37,365 36.3
Others 9,478 9.2
Total 102,952 100.0
2018 general election (S): Bologna
Candidate Coalition Votes %
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
Others 17,260 4.7
Total 356,871 100.0


  1. ^ 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..
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan".