Mayor of Bologna
|Mayor of Bologna|
|Term length||5 years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Luigi Pizzari|
|Formation||April 6, 1860|
The Mayor of Bologna is an elected politician who, along with the Bologna’s City Council, is accountable for the strategic government of Bologna. Since May 16, 2011, Virginio Merola is the current mayor of Bologna.
This is a list of mayors of Bologna, Italy.
List of Mayors of Bologna
Kingdom of Italy (1860-1946)
In 1860 the nascent Kingdom of Italy created the office of the Mayor of Bologna (Sindaco di Bologna), chosen by the City council. In 1926, the Fascist dictatorship abolished mayors and City councils, replacing them with an authoritarian Podestà chosen by the National Fascist Party.
|Mayor||Term start||Term end||Party|
|1||Luigi Pizzardi||6 April 1860||11 January 1862||Historical Right|
|2||Carlo Pepoli||11 January 1862||7 May 1866||Independent|
|3||Gioacchino Napoleone Pepoli||7 May 1866||6 April 1870||Historical Left|
|4||Camillo Casarini||6 April 1870||3 January 1875||Historical Left|
|5||Gaetano Tacconi||3 January 1875||29 March 1890||Historical Right|
|6||Guido Carli||29 March 1890||1 June 1891||Historical Left|
|7||Alberto Dallolio||1 June 1891||22 December 1902||Historical Left|
|8||Enrico Golinelli||22 December 1902||30 January 1905||Historical Left|
|9||Giuseppe Tanari||30 January 1905||21 November 1910||Historical Right|
|10||Ettore Nadalini||21 November 1910||15 July 1914||Historical Left|
|11||Francesco Zanardi||15 July 1914||21 November 1920||Italian Socialist Party|
|12||Enio Gnudi||21 November 1920||4 March 1923||Italian Socialist Party|
|13||Umberto Puppini||4 March 1923||26 December 1926||National Fascist Party|
|Fascist Podestà (1926-1945)|
|1||Leandro Arpinati||26 December 1926||22 September 1929||National Fascist Party|
|2||Antonio Carranti||22 September 1929||10 July 1930||National Fascist Party|
|3||Giovanni Battista Berardi||10 July 1930||1 October 1933||National Fascist Party|
|4||Angelo Manaresi||1 October 1933||10 July 1936||National Fascist Party|
|5||Cesare Colliva||10 July 1936||23 November 1939||National Fascist Party|
|6||Enzo Ferné||23 November 1939||26 August 1943||National Fascist Party|
|7||Mario Agnoli||26 August 1943||25 April 1945||Republican Fascist Party|
|1||Giuseppe Dozza||25 April 1945||7 April 1946||Italian Communist Party|
Republic of Italy (1946-present)
From 1945 to 1995, the Mayor of Bologna was chosen by the City council. Since 1995, under provisions of new local administration law (1993), the Mayor of Bologna is chosen by popular election, originally every four years, and since 1999 every five years.
|Mayor of Bologna||Took office||Left office||Party||Coalition|
|1||Giuseppe Dozza||7 April 1946||2 April 1966||Italian Communist Party||PCI
7 April 1946 – 2 April 1966
|2||Guido Fanti||2 April 1966||29 July 1970||Italian Communist Party||PCI
2 April 1966 – 29 July 1970
|3||Renato Zangheri||29 July 1970||29 April 1983||Italian Communist Party||PCI
29 July 1970 – 29 April 1983
|4||Renzo Imbeni||29 April 1983||27 February 1993||Italian Communist Party||PCI
29 April 1983 – 27 February 1993
|Elected mayors (1993-present)|
|5||Walter Vitali||27 February 1993||27 June 1999||Democratic Party of the Left then
Democrats of the Left
|PDS - FdV
27 February 1993 – 27 June 1999
|6||Giorgio Guazzaloca||27 June 1999||14 June 2004||Your Bologna||TB - FI - AN
27 June 1999 – 14 June 2004
|7||Sergio Cofferati||14 June 2004||22 June 2009||Democrats of the Left then
|The Olive Tree
14 June 2004 – 22 June 2009
|8||Flavio Delbono||22 June 2009||16 May 2011||Democratic Party||PD - IdV - FdS - Greens
22 June 2009 – 16 May 2011
|9||Virginio Merola||16 May 2011||Incumbent||Democratic Party||PD - SEL - IdV
16 May 2011 – Incumbent
Mayoral and Council election, 2004
The election took place on June 12–13, 2004.
|Bologna Mayoral Election Results 2004|
|Sergio Cofferati||Democrats of the Left||140,795||55.2|
|Giorgio Guazzaloca||Civic List - Forza Italia||102,221||40.6|
Mayoral and Council election, 2009
The election took place in two rounds: the first on June 6–7 and the second on June 21–22, 2009.
|Bologna Mayoral Election Results 2009|
|Flavio Delbono||Democratic Party||112,131||49.4||112,667||60.7|
|Alfredo Cazzola||Civic List - People of Freedom||66,058||29.1||73,020||39.3|
Mayoral and Council election, 2011
The election took place on May 15–16, 2011.
The election took place before the end of the legislature because the incumbent mayor Flavio Delbono, who was under investigation because of the Cinziagate scandal, resigned.
For 15 months, Bologna was governed under a special commissioner (Anna Maria Cancelleri), an exceptional event in post-war Italian politics.
On May 16, Virginio Merola of the Democratic Party won the election at the first round, defeating the Lega Nord candidate, Manes Bernardini. The turnout was just 71%, a decrease compared to 2009 and 2004 elections. Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement took nearly 10% of the votes.
|Bologna Mayoral Election Results 2011|
|Virginio Merola||Democratic Party||106,070||50.47|
|Manes Bernardini||Lega Nord||63,799||30.35|
|Bologna Council Election 2011 - Parties |
|Center-left (Merola)||102,560||54.3||22||Democratic Party
Left Ecology Freedom
Italy of Values
Communist Refoundation Party
Italian Socialist Party
|Center-right (Bernardini)||51,642||27.3||9||People of Freedom