Adriana Poli Bortone

Adriana Poli Bortone (born 25 August 1943 in Lecce) is an Italian politician and was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2008.[1] She represented Southern Italy. She was mayor of Lecce until 2007.[2]

Adriana Poli Bortone
Minister of Agriculture
In office
10 May 1994  17 January 1995
Prime MinisterSilvio Berlusconi
Preceded byAlfredo Luigi Diana
Succeeded byWalter Luchetti
Mayor of Lecce
In office
24 May 1998  7 June 2007
Preceded byStefano Salvemini
Succeeded byPaolo Perrone
Personal details
Born (1943-08-25) 25 August 1943 (age 77)
Lecce, Italy
Political partyMSI (until 1995)
AN (1995−2009)
IS (2009−2014)
FdI (2014−2015)
FI (2016−2019)
FT (since 2019)
Alma materUniversity of Lecce


In 1965 she became Assistant lecturer in Latin literature at the University of Lecce. In 1985 she became an associate professor in the same subject.

From 1967 to 1998 she was Member of Lecce Municipal Council and from 1981 to 1990 National secretary for women of the Italian Social Movement. From 1990 to 2000 she also was Member of the national executive of MSI and subsequently of National Alliance.

She was elected for the first time to the Chamber of Deputies in 1983 and in 1994 she was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Chamber. In 1994 she also served as Agriculture Minister in the Berlusconi I Cabinet. In 1998 she was elected Mayor of Lecce, and she was re-confirmed in 2002.

In the 1999 European Parliament election she was elected MEP with AN, while in the 2008 general election she was elected to the Senate with The People of Freedom. In 2009 she left the PdL to found her party, named I the South. In the 2013 general election she was candidate for the Senate in Apulia with Great South, but she wasn't re-elected.

In 2014 Adriana Poli Bortone joined Brothers of Italy,[3] but she left the party in 2015, when Forza Italia nominated her for the regional election in Apulia, while FdI decided to support the candidacy of Francesco Schittulli. Finally, she gained the 14% of the votes and she wasn't even elected in the Regional Council. Subsequently, on 29 February 2016, she declared to join Forza Italia.[4]