|Secretary of the Democratic Party|
21 February 2009 – 25 October 2009
|Preceded by||Walter Veltroni|
|Succeeded by||Pier Luigi Bersani|
19 October 1958 |
|Political party||Democratic (2007- )
Democracy is Freedom (2002-2007)
Christian Democrat (1974-1994)
|Spouse(s)||Silvia Bombardi (separated)|
|Children||Caterina, Maria Elena|
|Alma mater||University of Ferrara|
Dario Franceschini (born 19 October 1958 in Ferrara) is an Italian lawyer, writer, and politician, who served as the second leader of the Democratic Party. He has been a prominent member of the Italian People's Party (PPI), of the Daisy and the first Deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party. Following the resignation of Walter Veltroni on 21 February 2009 the Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Party elected him the new Secretary. On 25 October 2009, he lost the leadership election to Pier Luigi Bersani, and subsequently accepted his offer to become the party's Leader in the Chamber of Deputies.
Franceschini started his political career as a student in the Liceo scientifico "Antonio Roiti" and in the University of Ferrara. He joined the Christian Democracy shortly after the nomination of Benigno Zaccagnini as National Secretary, and after two years he was elected provincial delegate of the Young Christian Democrats. He was elected city councillor in Ferrara in 1980, 1985 and 1990. In 1985 he graduated from the University of Ferrara and started practicing civil law.
At the 1993 Constituent Assembly of the Christian Democracy (which would soon turn into the Italian People's Party), Franceschini voted for an alliance with the left. When the next year the PPI entered the general election in a centrist coalition, the Pact for Italy, he left the party. He subsequently founded the Christian Socials movement, and in 1995, he ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Ferrara, winning about 20% of the votes.
Following the birth of the Olive Tree coalition, Franceschini re-entered the Italian People's Party, and from 1997 to 1999 he was its Deputy Secretary and Coordinator. He was appointed Undersecretary for Institutional Reforms in the D'Alema II Cabinet, and he maintained this position in the Amato II Cabinet. In the 2001 general election he was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Ferrara College 9, and he became a member of the Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Chamber.
In 2001, Franceschini was a founding member of the Daisy and in 2002 he was named executive coordinator of the party. In the 2006 general election he was re-elected Deputy for the XI constituency of Emilia-Romagna and he was appointed Leader of the Olive Tree group in the Chamber. When the Daisy was merged with the Democrats of the Left to form the new Democratic Party on 14 October 2007, Secretary Walter Veltroni chose him as his Deputy.
In the 2008 general election, Franceschini was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the third time. After a series of electoral defeats for the Democratic Party, Secretary Walter Veltroni resigned in February 2009. The Constituent Assembly of the party convened on 21 February 2009 to choose a new leader and appointed Franceschini Secretary with 1,047 votes out of 1,258. His only opponent Arturo Parisi won just 92 votes.
He received in July 2014 the "moron of the year" (coglione dell'anno) award for introducing the tax for "fair compensation for private copy" (equo compenso per la copia privata). The tax applies to mobile phones, mp3 players, and other storage devices like external hard drives. 
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- Nelle vene quell'acqua d'argento (2006)
- La follia improvvisa di Ignazio Rando (2007)
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- (Italian) Official website
|Italian Chamber of Deputies|
|Deputy for Ferrara College 9
Title jointly held
|Deputy for Emilia-Romagna
|Italian Undersecretary for Institutional Reforms
Aldo Brancher, Gian Paolo Gobbo
|Party political offices|
|New title||Deputy Secretary and Coordinator
of the Italian People's Party
Enrico Letta (as Deputy Secretary)
Lapo Pistelli (as Coordinator)
|New title||Executive Coordinator of the Daisy
|Olive Tree Leader in the Chamber of Deputies
|New title||Deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party
|Secretary of the Democratic Party
Pier Luigi Bersani
|Democratic Party Leader in the Chamber of Deputies