Nunzia De Girolamo

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The Honourable
Nunzia De Girolamo
Nunzia De Girolamo daticamera.jpg
Minister of Agriculture
In office
28 April 2013 – 26 January 2014
Prime Minister Enrico Letta
Preceded by Mario Catania
Succeeded by Enrico Letta
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
29 April 2008
Constituency Campania 2
Personal details
Born (1975-10-10) 10 October 1975 (age 42)
Nationality Italian
Political party Forza Italia
The People of Freedom
New Centre-Right
Forza Italia
(2015– )
Spouse(s) Francesco Boccia
Profession Lawyer
Website Official website

Nunzia De Girolamo (born 10 October 1975) is an Italian lawyer and politician who served as the minister of agricultural, food and forestry policies from late April 2013 to 26 January 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

De Girolamo was born on 10 October 1975.[1][2] She hails from the Benevento province.[3] She has a law degree.[4][5]


De Girolamo joined politics in 2007.[2] She was a member of the Italian parliament, representing Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party (PdL).[4] She was elected to the parliament in the elections of 2008 and 2013,[2] but failed to win re-election in 2018.[6]

On 28 April 2013, De Girolamo was appointed minister of agricultural, food and forestry policies to the cabinet led by Enrico Letta, replacing Mario Catania in the post.[4] She was one of seven female members and the youngest member of the Letta cabinet.[7]

She denied rumors that she would resign from the PdL in October 2013.[8] However, in November 2013, she left PdL and joined New Centre-Right headed by Angelino Alfano.[9]

De Girolamo also resigned from office on 26 January 2014, due to claims of improper conduct on her part.[3][10] Her resignation was accepted by the prime minister on 27 January,[11] and she became the second minister resigned from the cabinet since April 2013.[12]

Then De Girolamo began to serve as the House whip for her party, New Centre Right Party.[13]

Personal life[edit]

De Girolamo married Francesco Boccia, a member of the Italian Parliament from the Partito Democratico (PD), on 23 December 2011.[2][14] They have a daughter.[2]


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  3. ^ a b James MacKenzie (26 January 2014). "Italy minister resigns, adding to headaches for government". Reuters. Rome. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "New Italian agriculture minister appointed". AGRA. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Roe, Alex (29 April 2013). "Who Are Italy's New Ministers?". Italy Chronicles. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Emilia-Romagna, ecco gli eletti nei listini plurinominali". La Repubblica. Rome. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2018. 
  7. ^ Hooper, John (3 May 2013). "Italian women rise to positions of power under new prime minister". The Guardian. Rome. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dissidents in PdL meet to discuss new party". Gazzetta del Sud. Rome. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Kevin Lees (18 November 2013). "What the Alfano-Berlusconi split means for Italian politics". Suffragio. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Italy's agriculture minister resigns, blow to govt". Seattle Pi. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Premier accepts agriculture minister's resignation". La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Another minister quits". The Economist. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Esposito's family calls for justice, not vendetta". ANSA. Rome. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Harris, Judith (6 May 2013). "Female Stars in Letta's Firmament". i-Italy. Retrieved 24 May 2013.