Laura Boldrini

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The Honourable
Laura Boldrini
Laura Boldrini crop.jpg
President of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
16 March 2013
President Giorgio Napolitano
Sergio Mattarella
Preceded by Gianfranco Fini
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
15 March 2013
Constituency Sicily 2
Personal details
Born (1961-04-28) 28 April 1961 (age 57)[1]
Macerata,[1] Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Left Ecology Freedom[1]
Spouse(s) Luca Nicosia
Children Anastasia Nicosia[2]
Alma mater Sapienza University of Rome
Profession Journalist

Laura Boldrini, OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlaura bolˈdriːni]; born 28 April 1961)[1] is an Italian journalist and politician who has been President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy since 16 March 2013.[1] Previously she was a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).


Laura Boldrini with Giorgio Napolitano and Pietro Grasso

Born in Macerata, Marche, Boldrini graduated in Law from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1985. Afterwards, she was employed at the Italian public service broadcasting corporation RAI, working both for television and radio. In 1989 she was employed for four years at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), where she was active in video and radio production.

From 1993 until 1998 she worked at the World Food Programme (WFP) as the Italian spokesperson. From 1998 to 2012 she was spokesperson of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for whom she also coordinated public information campaigns in Southern Europe. In recent years she has specifically dealt with the influx of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean. She has taken part in numerous missions to crisis spots, including the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Caucasus, Angola and Rwanda.

Boldrini was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in the 2013 parliamentary election as an independent candidate in the Left Ecology Freedom party list, who together with their coalition allies in the Democratic Party and in Italy Common Good hold the majority of seats in the lower house. She represents the second electoral district of Sicily.

On 16 March 2013, following a meeting between the Democratic Party and Left Ecology Freedom, Boldrini was proposed by the coalition Italy Common Good as candidate for the Presidency of the Chamber of Deputies. She was elected President of the Chamber of Deputies on the same day, receiving 327 votes out of a possible 618. She is the third woman, after Nilde Iotti (1979 to 1992) and Irene Pivetti (1994-1996), to fill this role.

Honours and decorations




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Profile of Laura Boldrini". The official website of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Occurrences on Google.
  3. "Decorations of Laura Boldrini". The official website of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. 
  4. (Italian) [1]. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  5. (Italian) [2]. Retrieved 4 November 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gianfranco Fini
President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Pietro Grasso
as President of the Senate
Order of precedence of Italy
as President of the Chamber of Deputies
Succeeded by
Matteo Renzi
as President of the Council of Ministers