Benigno Zaccagnini

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Benigno Zaccagnini
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Italian Minister of Welfare
In office
February 15, 1959 – July 26, 1960
Prime Minister Antonio Segni
Fernando Tambroni
Preceded by Ezio Vigorelli
Succeeded by Fiorentino Sullo
Italian Minister of Public Works
In office
July 26, 1960 – February 21, 1962
Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani
Preceded by Giuseppe Togni
Succeeded by Fiorentino Sullo
Personal details
Born April 17, 1912
Faenza, Italy
Died November 5, 1989
Ravenna, Italy
Nationality Italy Italian
Political party Democrazia Cristiana
Profession Pediatrics
Politician

Benigno Zaccagnini (Italian pronunciation: [beˈniɲɲo dzakkaɲˈɲiːni]; April 17, 1912 – November 5, 1989) was an Italian politician and physician.

Political career[edit]

Zaccagnini was among the founders of the Democrazia Cristiana (Italian Christian Democracy party), and was elected at the Constituent Assembly (1946) and the Chamber of Deputies (1948) of the new-born Italian Republic. He was a member of the Christian Democratic wing more favourable to a collaboration with left (or centre-left) parties. He was confirmed at the Chambers of Deputies until 1979, when he was elected to the Italian Senate.

Zaccagnini was Minister of Welfare in 1959 under Antonio Segni, a position he maintained also in the following government led by Fernando Tambroni. In the same year (1960) he was Minister of Public Works under Amintore Fanfani.

In 1975 he was elected National Secretary of Democrazia Cristiana, remaining in place until 1980 when he was replaced by Flaminio Piccoli. In 1984 he was elected in the European Parliament.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Faenza, he graduated in Pediatrics in 1937. During World War II he acted as partisan, collaborating with Arrigo Boldrini in the liberation of Romagna. Zaccagnini died at Ravenna in 1989.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ezio Vigorelli
Italian Minister of Welfare
1959 - 1960
Succeeded by
Fiorentino Sullo
Preceded by
Giuseppe Togni
Italian Minister of Public Works
1960 - 1962
Succeeded by
Fiorentino Sullo
Assembly seats
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
1946 - 1983
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Senate
1983 - 1989
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the European Parliament
1984 - 1989
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Party political offices
Preceded by
Amintore Fanfani
Secretaries of the Italian Christian Democracy
1975 - 1980
Succeeded by
Flaminio Piccoli