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Dario Franceschini (born October 19, 1958 in Ferraramarker) is an Italianmarker 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 February 21, 2009 the Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Party elected him the new Secretary. On 25 October 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 Ferraramarker. 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 Ferraramarker, 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 Ferraramarker 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 October 14, 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 February 21, 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.

Franceschini is married with two daughters. He has written two novels which were published in 2006 and 2007.


  • Il Partito popolare a Ferrara: cattolici, socialisti e fascisti nella terra di Grosoli e don Minzoni (1985)
  • Nelle vene quell'acqua d'argento (2006)
  • La follia improvvisa di Ignazio Rando (2007)


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