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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Irene Pivetti – journalist and politician

From top political office to TV presenter


Irene Pivetti now works as a journalist and television presenter
Irene Pivetti now works as a journalist
and television presenter
Irene Pivetti, who was only the second woman to become president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, was born on this day in 1963 in Milan.

Once a key figure in Italy’s Lega Nord party, Pivetti has now quit politics for a career as a television presenter.

Pivetti obtained an honours degree in Italian literature from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and afterwards worked in publishing, editing books on the Italian language. In this she was following in the footsteps of her maternal grandfather, Aldo, a renowned linguist.

While working as a journalist, she became involved with the Lega Lombardia (Lombard League), which later became the Lega Nord (Northern League) and in 1992 was elected as a deputy, the Italian equivalent of a Member of Parliament.

Two years later, after the vote had gone to a fourth ballot, Pivetti was elected President of the Chamber of Deputies. At the age of 31, she was the youngest president in the Chamber’s history. She occupied the role from 1994 to 1996.

Pivetti was re-elected as a deputy in the 1996 election but later that year was expelled from the Lega Nord because of her opposition to some of their ideas.

Pivetti pictured with the former head of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli  (right), while on official duty as Chamber of Deputies chairman
Pivetti pictured with the former head of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli
(right), while on official duty as Chamber of Deputies chairman
Since 2002, Pivetti has worked as a professional journalist, winning a television Oscar for journalism in 2004. Between 2011 and 2013 she made regular appearances on Domenica In, a popular Sunday programme on Rai Uno. Pivetti’s older sister, Veronica Pivetti, is an actress, television presenter and director.

Irene Pivetti is now president of Italia Madre, an organisation that lobbies on behalf of Italian companies to promote their reputations with international organisations.

Pivetti has been married twice. She is now divorced from her second husband, with whom she had two children, and lives in Rome.

Travel tip:

The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, where Irene Pivetti studied literature, was founded in 1921. It originated in Largo Gemelli in Milan but now has other sites in Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona and Rome.

The Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome
The Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome
Travel tip:

The Camera dei Deputati, the Chamber of Deputies, is one of Italy’s houses of parliament, the other being the Senate of the Republic. The Camera dei Deputati meets at Palazzo Montecitorio, a palace originally designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and completed by Carlo Fontana in 1697 to the north of the Pantheon.

More reading:

Umberto Bossi - the fiery former leader of Lega Nord

The campaigning politics of Marco Panella

The political survivor Emma Bonino

Also on this day:

1951: The birth of Italy's 'Bob Dylan', the singer-songwriter Francesco de Gregori

1960: The birth of leading Italian businesswomen Daniela Riccardi



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