Francesco Storace

The Honourable
Francesco Storace
President of Lazio
In office
12 March 2000  2 May 2005
Preceded by Piero Badaloni
Succeeded by Piero Marrazzo
Minister of Health
In office
23 April 2005  10 March 2006
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Girolamo Sirchia
Succeeded by Silvio Berlusconi
Personal details
Born (1959-01-25) 25 January 1959
Cassino, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian Social Movement
National Alliance
The Right
Profession Politician, journalist
Religion Roman Catholicism

Francesco Storace (born 25 January 1959 in Cassino, Lazio) is an Italian politician.


He began his career at the right-wing newspaper Il Secolo d'Italia, until entering the ranks of the far right party Italian Social Movement (MSI) and later of National Alliance (AN) after repudiation of extremism. He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the first time in 1994. At the time he was the spokesman of Gianfranco Fini. From 1996 to 2000 he was chairman of the bicameral Commission supervising the RAI.

In April 2000 he was elected President of Lazio. Among measures taken by Storace there was the opening of Sant'Andrea hospital and other health centers.[1] His health management of Lazio won praise for Giulio Andreotti and some members of the Vatican curia.[2]

In 2005 he failed the re-election, defeated by the centre-left candidate Piero Marrazzo. He was subsequently named Minister of Health in the Berlusconi III Cabinet.

In March 2006 Storace was involved in the so-called Laziogate scandal, leading to his resignation from the government. He is suspected to have illegally exploited informatics mean to investigate the memberships of the new party founded by Alessandra Mussolini, a former member of AN who was one of his rivals in the 2005 regional election. In October 2012 Storace was acquitted, because "the crime does not exist".[3]

On 10 April 2006 he was elected to the Italian Senate in Lazio, where he was at the head of the party list.

On 3 July 2007, after having continually criticized the leadership of Gianfranco Fini at least since 2005, he finally left AN on 16 November 2007. One of the motivations of the criticism between Fini and Storace is the fact that Fini repudiated the values of the right. In November 2007 he founded his brand new national-conservative party, named La Destra, which means The Right.

In December 2012 Storace decides to run for president of the Lazio region for the 2013 elections.


Political offices
Preceded by
Piero Badaloni
President of Lazio Region
2000 - 2005
Succeeded by
Piero Marrazzo
Preceded by
Girolamo Sirchia
Italian Minister of Health
2005 - 2006
Succeeded by
Silvio Berlusconi
Assembly seats
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies

1994 -2001
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Senate

2006 - present
Party political offices
Preceded by
New Party
Secretary of The Right
2007 - present
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