Andrea Orlando

Andrea Orlando (born 8 February 1969) is an Italian politician. He is a founding member of the Democratic Party and served as Minister of Justice from February 2014 to 1 June 2018, first in the Renzi Cabinet and later in the Gentiloni Cabinet.[1] Before that, Orlando served as Minister of the Environment in the Letta Cabinet from April 2013 to February 2014.[2]

The Honourable
Andrea Orlando

Andrea Orlando daticamera 2018.jpg
Minister of Justice
In office
22 February 2014 – 1 June 2018
Prime MinisterMatteo Renzi
Paolo Gentiloni
Preceded byAnnamaria Cancellieri
Succeeded byAlfonso Bonafede
Minister of the Environment
In office
28 April 2013 – 22 February 2014
Prime MinisterEnrico Letta
Preceded byCorrado Clini
Succeeded byGian Luca Galletti
Deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party
Assumed office
17 April 2019
Serving with Paola De Micheli (until Sep. 2019)
LeaderNicola Zingaretti
Preceded byMaurizio Martina
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
28 April 2006
Personal details
Born (1969-02-08) 8 February 1969 (age 51)
La Spezia, Italy
Political partyCommunist Party (Before 1991)
Democratic Party of the Left (1991–1998)
Democrats of the Left (1998–2007)
Democratic Party (2007–present)

Early lifeEdit

Andrea Orlando was born in La Spezia on 8 February 1969;[3] He is a high-school graduate with a major in scientific subjects.[4] his parents came from the Southern region of Campania.[5] He attended the scientific lyceum "Antonio Pacinotti", but he does not have a university degree.[6]

Political careerEdit

Orlando began his political career in the Communist Party. In 1989 he was elected provincial secretary of the Italian Communist Youth Federation (FGCI) for his hometown, and in 1990 he was elected to the city council of La Spezia with the party.[3] In 1995 he became city secretary for the Democratic Party of the Left; in 2003 he became deputy national coordinator of the Democrats of the Left.

Orlando was firstly elected in the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 2006, representing the Liguria constituency.[3] He served in different parliamentary commissions.[3]

Then he became a founding member of the Democratic Party.[3] In 2009, he was made the head of the justice forum of the Democratic Party, under the leadership of Pier Luigi Bersani.[3] He is known as one of the "Young Turks" in the Italian politics.[7]

On 23 April 2013, Orlando was appointed Minister of the Environment in the grand coalition government led by Prime Minister Enrico Letta.[6][8] Orlando succeeded Corrado Clini in that post.[7]

Minister of JusticeEdit

On 13 February 2014, following tensions with his left-wing rival and new Secretary of the Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi, Letta announced he would resign as Prime Minister the following day.[9] On 22 February Renzi was sworn in as Prime Minister and Orlando was appointed Minister of Justice.[10][11][9]

On 12 December 2016, when Renzi resigned as Prime Minister after the constitutional referendum, Orlando was confirmed as Justice Minister by the new Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.[12]


  1. ^ Andrea Orlando spiega come sta la nostra Giustizia. Ma i problemi sono altri
  2. ^ Lo spezzino Andrea Orlando è il ministro dell'ambiente
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Andrea Orlando". European Commission. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  4. ^ "The team of the Renzi government" (PDF). Intel Group. February 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  5. ^ Andrea Orlando – Camera dei Deputati
  6. ^ a b Alex Roe (29 April 2013). "Who Are Italy's New Ministers?". Italy Chronicles. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b Matteo Carriero (28 April 2013). "Andrea Orlando, il nuovo Ministro dell'Ambiente è uno dei giovani turchi". Ecologiae. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Italy's new cabinet lineup". Xinhua. Rome. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  9. ^ a b Andrew Frye; Chiara Vasarri (22 February 2014). "Renzi Sworn in as Italian Premeir [sic] After Toppling Letta". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Andrea Orlando". International Journalism Festival. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Matteo Renzi and Cabinet sworn in". Trade Bridge Consultants. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  12. ^ Gentiloni presenta governo, Padoan confermato all'Economia
Political offices
Preceded by
Corrado Clini
Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
Gian Luca Galletti
Preceded by
Annamaria Cancellieri
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Alfonso Bonafede