Giovanni Toti

Giovanni Toti
President of Liguria
Assumed office
11 June 2015
Preceded by Claudio Burlando
Member of the European Parliament
In office
14 July 2014  9 July 2015
Constituency North-West Italy
Personal details
Born (1968-09-07) 7 September 1968
Viareggio, Italy
Political party Forza Italia
Profession Journalist

Giovanni Toti (born 7 September 1968) is an Italian journalist and politician, who has been President of Liguria since June 2015 and political counselor of Forza Italia since January 2014.[1] Toti was also elected in the European Parliament, following the 2014 European election.


Toti was born in Viareggio in 1968, but he grew up in Massa Carrara. During 1980s he was a member of the youth wing of the Italian Socialist Party., led at the time by Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister from 1983 to 1987, later condemned for corruption, in the trial Mani Pulite.

In 1990s he started working for Studio Aperto, the news program of Silvio Berlusconi's TV channel Italia 1, of whom he would become director in 2010. In March 2012 Toti became also director of TG4, replacing the long-time one Emilio Fede.[2]

In January 2014, Toti entered politics as political counselor of Berlusconi's new party Forza Italia. In the 2014 European election he was elected at the European Parliament with 148,291 votes.[3]

On 1 April 2015 he presented his candidacy to become President of Liguria in the regional election of May, at the head of centre-right coalition composed by Lega Nord, Brothers of Italy, New Centre-Right and Toti's party FI. After the election, Toti was elected President with 34.4% of votes, defeating the Democratic candidate Raffaella Paita.[4]


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