Beatrice Lorenzin

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The Honourable
Beatrice Lorenzin
Beatrice Lorenzin daticamera.jpg
Minister of Health
Assumed office
28 April 2013
Prime Minister Enrico Letta
Matteo Renzi
Paolo Gentiloni
Preceded by Renato Balduzzi
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
29 April 2008
Constituency Lazio 1
Personal details
Born (1971-10-14) 14 October 1971 (age 45)
Nationality Italian
Political party PdL (2009–2013)
NCD (2013–2017)
AP (2017–present)

Beatrice Lorenzin (born 14 October 1971) is an Italian politician, who has served as minister of health since 28 April 2013.

Early life[edit]

Lorenzin was born in Rome on 14 October 1971.[1] After graduating from high school (Liceo classico), she enrolled the faculty of law, but did not complete her studies.


Lorenzin works with the local newspaper "Il Giornale di Ostia"[2] before entering politics, joining in 1996 a local section of the youth movement of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi's party.[3] She was elected to the city council of Rome in October 1997.[3] In April 1999 she became regional coordinator of the Party's youth movement.[3] In May 2001, she was also elected town councilor of Rome.[3] In 2005 she was appointed coordinator of the Lazio group of Forza Italia and served in the post until 2006.[4] She has been a member of the Italian parliament since 2008.[5]

She was appointed minister of health to the cabinet led by prime minister Enrico Letta on 28 April 2013.[6][7] Lorenzin succeeded Renato Balduzzi in the post.[8]

In November 2013, she left the People of Freedom party and joined the New Centre-Right led by Angelino Alfano.[9][10] Lorenzin continued to serve as the minister of health in the cabinet formed by Matteo Renzi in February 2014.[11]


In August 2016 Beatrice Lorenzin announces the celebration of a 'Fertility day' for the following 22 September,[12] but the images chosen for the campaign are perceived as offensive in Italy[13] and abroad.[14] A second pamphlet issued by the Ministry after the first controversy raised a further wave of outrage as perceived as racist.[15][16] The pamphlet was withdrawn and the responsible for the communication of the Ministry, Daniela Rodorigo, was fired in September 2016.[17][18]


  1. ^ "XVI Legislatura". Italian Parliament. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Lorenzin, da Ostia al ministero della Salute. Il Corriere della Sera 27 Aprile 2016
  3. ^ a b c d "I nuovi responsabili della Salute". Medical Network. XIII (2). 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lorenzin Beatrice". Who's who. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Alex Roe (29 April 2013). "Who Are Italy’s New Ministers?". Italy Chronicles. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "PDL secretary Alfano new deputy PM and Interior minister". AGI. 27 April 2013. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Paul Virgo (27 April 2013). "Letta hails strong cabinet with 'record' women presence". La Gazzetta Del Mezzogiorno. Rome. ANSA. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Govt bios: other ministers". La Gazetta del Mezzogiorno. Rome. ANSA. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Lorenzin. Berlusconi rimane nostro leader. Schifani Agen Press 17 November 2013
  10. ^ Kevin Lees (18 November 2013). "What the Alfano-Berlusconi split means for Italian politics". Suffragio. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Andrew Frye; Chiara Vasarri (22 February 2014). "Renzi Sworn in as Italian Premeir [sic] After Toppling Letta". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Fertility Day". Ministero della Salute. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Saviano e web contro Fertility day, insulta chi non ha figli". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "Italy’s fertility day posters aren’t just sexist – they’re echoes of a fascist past". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Fertility Day, nuovo opuscolo scatena la bufera sui social. Mentana: "E’ da tribunale di Norimberga della pubblicità regresso"". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  16. ^ ""Messaggi razzisti". Ritirato l’opuscolo sul Fertility Day". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Fertility day, bufera su opuscolo "razzista". Lorenzin lo ritira e apre indagine". Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Fertility Day, Lorenzin ‘licenzia’ direttore comunicazione dopo le polemiche per il nuovo opuscolo "razzista"". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Renato Balduzzi
Italian Minister of Health