Sergio Mattarella

Sergio Mattarella OMRI OMCA (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsɛrdʒo mattaˈrɛlla]; born 23 July 1941) is an Italian politician, jurist, academic and lawyer who has served as the 12th and current president of Italy since 2015.


Sergio Mattarella

Official portrait, 2015
President of Italy
Assumed office
3 February 2015
Prime MinisterMatteo Renzi
Paolo Gentiloni
Giuseppe Conte
Mario Draghi
Preceded byGiorgio Napolitano
Judge of the Constitutional Court
In office
11 October 2011  2 February 2015
Appointed byItalian Parliament
Preceded byUgo De Siervo
Succeeded byAugusto Barbera
Minister of Defence
In office
22 December 1999  11 June 2001
Prime MinisterMassimo D'Alema
Giuliano Amato
Preceded byCarlo Scognamiglio
Succeeded byAntonio Martino
Deputy Prime Minister of Italy
In office
21 October 1998  22 December 1999
Prime MinisterMassimo D'Alema
Preceded byWalter Veltroni
Succeeded byGianfranco Fini
Minister of Public Education
In office
22 July 1989  27 July 1990
Prime MinisterGiulio Andreotti
Preceded byGiovanni Galloni
Succeeded byGerardo Bianco
Minister for Parliamentary Relations
In office
28 July 1987  22 July 1989
Prime MinisterGiovanni Goria
Ciriaco De Mita
Preceded byGaetano Gifuni
Succeeded byEgidio Sterpa
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
12 July 1983  28 April 2008
ConstituencySicily (1983–2001; 2006–2008)
Trentino-Alto Adige (2001–2006)
Personal details
Born (1941-07-23) 23 July 1941 (age 80)
Palermo, Sicily, Kingdom of Italy
Political partyIndependent (2008–present)
Other political
affiliations
DC (before 1994)
PPI (1994–2002)
DL (2002–2007)
PD (2007–2008)
Spouse(s)
Marisa Chiazzese
(m. 1966; died 2012)
Children
  • Laura
  • Bernardo Giorgio
  • Francesco
ResidenceQuirinal Palace
Alma materSapienza University
Signature

A Christian leftist politician, Mattarella served as Minister for Parliamentary Relations from 1987 to 1989, Minister of Public Education from 1989 to 1990, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy from 1998 to 1999 and Minister of Defence from 1999 to 2001. In 2011, he became an elected judge on the Constitutional Court. On 31 January 2015, Mattarella was elected to the presidency at the fourth ballot, supported by a broad centre to centre-left majority led by the Democratic Party (PD).[2]

As of 2021, four prime ministers have served under Mattarella's presidency: Matteo Renzi, then the PD's leader and main sponsor of Mattarella's candidacy,[3] Paolo Gentiloni, a leading member of the Democratic Party who succeeded Renzi after his resignation in 2016,[4] Giuseppe Conte, an independent politician who governed both with right-wing and left-wing coalitions in two consecutive cabinets,[5] as well as Mario Draghi, a banker and former President of the European Central Bank, who was appointed by Mattarella to lead a national unity government following Conte's resignation.[6]