List of Mayors of Venice
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|Mayor of Venice
|Residence||Dandolo Farsetti Palace|
|Term length||5 years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Daniele Renier|
The Mayor of Venice is an elected politician who, along with Venice’s 45-member city council, is accountable for the strategic government of Venice. As of March 2010, Giorgio Orsoni holds the position. Previously, the position was held by Massimo Cacciari from April 2005 until his succession by Orsoni.
This is a list of Mayors of Venice during the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy (1806–1815) and during the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia (1815–1866). From the 1866 to 1993 Mayors were elected by the City Council (in the Kingdom of Italy and in the Italian Republic). Since 1993 the mayor is elected by the inhabitants of Venice; initially the terms length was 4 years (1993–2000), since 2000 the terms length is 5 years.
Rectors of Venice were appointed since 1806 to 1866 by the kings who reigned over the city during the 19th century: Napoleon and the Habsburgs:
- 1806-1811, Daniele Renier
- 1811-1816, Bartolomeo Gerolamo Gradenigo
- 1817-1818, Marco Molin
- 1818-1827, Francesco Calbo Crotta
- 1827-1834, Domenico Morosini
- 1834-1837, Giuseppe Boldù
- 1838-1857, Giovanni Correr
- 1857-1859, Alessandro Marcello
- 1860-1866, Pierluigi Bembo
Since 1866, newborn Kingdom of Italy created the office of the Mayor of Venice (Sindaco di Venezia), chosen by the City council:
- 1866-1868, Giobatta Giustinian
- 1868-1875, Giuseppe Giovanelli
- 1870-1875, Antonio Fornoni
- 1875-1878, Giobatta Giustinian
- 1878-1888, Dante Di Serego Alighieri
- 1888-1890, Lorenzo Tiepolo
- 1890-1895, Riccardo Selvatico (Radical Party)
- 1895-1919, Filippo Grimani
- 1919-1923, Davide Giordani
Fascist rectors 
Fascist dictatorship abolished mayors and City councils in 1926, replacing them with a single authoritarian Rector (Podestà) chosen by the National Fascist Party:
- 1923-1929, Pietro Orsi
- 1929-1930, Ettore Zorzi
- 1930-1938, Mario Alverà
- 1938-1941, Giovanni Marcello
- 1941-1945, Giobatta dell'Armi
Democratic mayors 
From 1945 to 1993, the Mayor of Venice was chosen by the City council:
|1||Giovanni Ponti||1945||1946||Christian democratic||CLN||none|
|2||Giovanni Batista Gianquinto||1946||1951||Communist||PCI||1946|
|3||Angelo Spanio||1951||1955||Christian democratic||DC||1951|
|4||Roberto Tognazzi||1955||1960||Christian democratic||DC||1955|
|5||Giovanni Favaretto Fisca||1960||1970||Christian democratic||DC||1960, 1965|
|6||Giorgio Longo||1970||1975||Christian democratic||DC||1970|
|7||Mario Rigo||1975||1985||Socialist||DC - PSI - PRI||1975, 1980|
|8||Nereo Laroni||1985||1987||Socialist||DC - PSI - PRI||1985|
|9||Antonio Casellati||1987||1990||Republican||DC - PSI - PRI||-|
|10||Ugo Bergamo||1990||1993||Christian democratic||DC - PSI - PRI||1990|
Elected mayors 
Since 1993, under provisions of new local administration law, the Mayor of Venice is chosen by popular election, originally every four, and since 2000 every five years:
|Mayor of Venice||Took office||Left office||Party||Coalition|
|11||Massimo Cacciari||December 5, 1993||January 25, 2000||Democratic Party of the Left then
|PDS - PRC - AD - FV
December 5, 1993 – November 16, 1997
|The Olive Tree
November 16, 1997 – January 25, 2000
|12||Paolo Costa||April 30, 2000||April 25, 2005||Democracy is Freedom - The Daisy||The Olive Tree
April 30, 2000 – April 25, 2005
|13||Massimo Cacciari||April 25, 2005||March 30, 2010||Democracy is Freedom - The Daisy then
|DL (then PD) - UDEUR
April 25, 2005 - March 30, 2010
|14||Giorgio Orsoni||March 30, 2010||incumbent||Democratic Party||PD - PRC - FV - IDV - UDC
since March 30, 2010
Mayoral and Council election, 1993 
The election took place in two rounds: the first on November 21 and the second on December 5.
For the first time under the new electoral law citizens could vote directly the mayor; before this choice was made by the City Council. For the first time in the municipal political history there weren't parties like Christian Democracy, Italian Socialist Party or Italian Communist Party: the main parties were the newborn separatist Lega Nord and the Alliance of Progressives, composed by center-left parties.
The main candidates were Massimo Cacciari and Aldo Mariconda. However there were a lot of others candidates from different parties.
On December 5, 1993, Cacciari won the election and became the first elected mayor of Venice.
|Venice Mayoral Election Results 1993|
|%||2nd Round (%)
|Massimo Cacciari||Democratic Party of the Left||89.048||42,3||56,4|
|Aldo Mariconda||Lega Nord||55.816||26,5||44,6|
Mayoral and Council election, 1997 
The election took place on November 16.
|Venice Mayoral Election Results 1997|
|Mauro Pizzigati||Forza Italia||37.436||20,7|
Mayoral and Council election, 2000 
The election took place in two rounds: the first on April 16 and the second on April 30.
The snap election was held in April 2000 because in January of the same year the incumbent mayor Massimo Cacciari lost his majority in the City Council and couldn't approve the municipal economic balance, so he resigned.
|Venice Mayoral Election Results 2000|
|Paolo Costa||Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy||62.755||37,7||68.229||56,0|
|Renato Brunetta||Forza Italia||64.956||39,0||53.686||44,0|
Mayoral and Council election, 2005 
These elections were held on two separate dates: the first round on 3 and 4 April 2005, the second round on 17 and 18 April 2005.
The candidates were in total eleven, but only four were supported by political parties (all the others were supported by civic lists): Massimo Cacciari, which were supported by the center-left party The Daisy, Felice Casson, who was supported by a broad center-left coalition, Cesare Campa, who was supported by Forza Italia and Union of Christian and Centre Democrats, and Alberto Mazzonetto, who was supported by Lega Nord.
In the second round went Massimo Cacciari, who represented the moderate left, and Felice Casson, who represented some of the extreme left parties. Despite the first round had a lot of votes, Casson lost because many of the center-right voters voted for Cacciari.
|Venice Mayoral Election Results 2005|
|Massimo Cacciari||Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy||37.488||23,2||64.315||50,5|
|Felice Casson||Democrats of the Left||60.837||37,7||62.974||49,5|
|Cesare Campa||Forza Italia||32.726||20,7||-||-|
Mayoral and Council election, 2010 
These elections were held on 28 and 29 March 2010.
There were nine candidates (two supported by important coalition and seven supported by differents civic lists); the most important candidates were Giorgio Orsoni and the minister Renato Brunetta, who tried for a second time to become the mayor (in fact he was candidate for this position in 2000). Giorgio Orsoni was supported by a center-left coalition formed by Democratic Party, Italy of Values, Union of Christian and Centre Democrats, Communist Refoundation Party and the Italian Socialist Party, Renato Brunetta was supported by a center-right coalition formed by The People of Freedom and Lega Nord.
Orsoni won the election in the first round making did not go to vote for a possible second round, as it has happened in the elections of 2000 and of 2005.
|Venice Mayoral Election Results 2010 |
|Giorgio Orsoni||Democratic Party||75.403||51,1|
|Renato Brunetta||People of Freedom||62.833||42,6|
|Venice Council Election 2010 - Parties |
|Center-left (Orsoni)||65,692||51.3||28||Democratic Party
Italy of Values
Union of the Centre
Italian Socialist Party
Communist Refoundation Party
Civic List (1)
|Center-right (Brunetta)||54,356||42.4||16||People of Freedom
Civic Lists (3)