Virginio Rognoni

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Virginio Rognoni
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Vice president of CSM
In office
2 August 2002 – 1 August 2006
Preceded byGiovanni Verde
Succeeded byNicola Mancino
Minister of Defence
In office
27 July 1990 – 28 June 1992
Prime MinisterGiulio Andreotti
Preceded byMino Martinazzoli
Succeeded bySalvo Andò
Minister of Justice
In office
1 August 1986 – 28 July 1987
Prime MinisterBettino Craxi
Amintore Fanfani
Preceded byMino Martinazzoli
Succeeded byGiuliano Vassalli
Minister of the Interior
In office
13 June 1978 – 13 July 1983
Prime MinisterGiulio Andreotti
Francesco Cossiga
Arnaldo Forlani
Giovanni Spadolini
Amintore Fanfani
Preceded byFrancesco Cossiga
Succeeded byOscar Luigi Scalfaro
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
5 June 1968 – 14 April 1994
Personal details
Born (1924-08-05) 5 August 1924 (age 95)
Corsico, Lombardy, Italy
Political partyDemocratic Party (2007-present)
Other political
Christian Democracy (1960-1994)
Italian People's Party (1994-2002)
The Daisy (2002-2007)
Alma materUniversity of Pavia
Yale University

Virginio Rognoni (born August 5, 1924 in Corsico, province of Milan) is an Italian politician, who was a prominent member of Christian Democracy. He was several times Interior Minister, Minister of Defense and Minister of Justice. From 2002 to 2006 he was vice-president of the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura (‘Superior Council of Judiciary’).


As a student at the historic Collegio Ghislieri, in November 1947 he obtained a degree in law from the University of Pavia, he studied at Yale University between 1949 and 1950 and also worked as a lawyer.

He began his political career in local government, serving as a city councillor (consigliere comunale) in Pavia from 1960 to 1964, and from 1964 to 1967 as deputy mayor (vicesindaco) and as assessore all’urbanistica (the member of the executive with responsibility for town planning). He then entered national politics, and was elected member of the Chamber of Deputies for seven consecutive terms (1968–1994).

He was Minister of the Interior from 1978 to 1983, of Justice (1986–1987) and Minister of Defence (1990–1992): he faced the terrorism and he solved the kidnapping of James Lee Dozier by the hand of Brgate Rosse, he was criticized by the Italian Communist Party while Minister of the Interior for failing to protect General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, who was killed on the same day in which he asked Rognoni to meet him.

From 2002 until he retired in 2006 he was vice-president of the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura (the Government of the Judiciary in Italy).

Political offices
Preceded by
Giulio Andreotti
Italian Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
Preceded by
Fermo Mino Martinazzoli
Italian Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Giuliano Vassalli
Preceded by
Fermo Mino Martinazzoli
Italian Minister of Defense
Succeeded by
Salvo Andò