|President of Veneto|
Assumed office |
13 April 2010
|Preceded by||Giancarlo Galan|
|Minister of Agriculture|
8 May 2008 – 16 April 2010
|Prime Minister||Silvio Berlusconi|
|Preceded by||Paolo De Castro|
|Succeeded by||Giancarlo Galan|
|Vice President of Veneto|
5 April 2005 – 6 June 2008
|Preceded by||Fabio Gava|
|Succeeded by||Franco Manzato|
27 March 1968|
|Political party||Lega Nord|
|Spouse(s)||Raffaella Monti (m. 1998)|
|Alma mater||University of Udine|
Since April 2010 Zaia has been President of Veneto. Prior to that, he was Minister of Agriculture in Silvio Berlusconi's fourth cabinet from May 2008 to April 2010 and Vice President of Veneto from May 2005 to May 2008.
Luca Zaia joined Liga Veneta–Lega Nord in the early 1990s, after having met Gian Paolo Gobbo, and was first elected to public office in 1993, when he became municipal councillor of Godega di Sant'Urbano. Two years later, in 1995, he successfully ran for provincial councillor and, after the election, was appointed provincial minister of Agriculture.
In the 1998 provincial election Zaia was elected President of the Province of Treviso with 60.0% of the vote in the second round, after arriving ahead in the first round with 41.4% and refusing to accept the support of any other party other than his own. At the time, he was the youngest provincial president of Italy. In 2002 he was re-elected by a landslide 68.9% of the vote in the second round and continue to govern the province with the sole support of his party.
In May 2005 Zaia was appointed Vice President of Veneto and regional minister of Agriculture and Tourism in Galan III Government, but left in May 2008 in order to take office as minister of Agriculture in Berlusconi IV Cabinet.
In December 2009 The People of Freedom (PdL) determined that the coalition candidate in the 2010 regional election would be a leghista. Subsequently, the national council of Liga Veneta (LV) nominated Zaia for President.
President of Veneto
In March 2010 Zaia was elected President of Veneto by a landslide, with 60.2% of the vote against 29.1% of his foremost opponent, Giuseppe Bortolussi of the Democratic Party (PD). The election was a triumph for the LV, which was by far the largest party in the region with 35.2% of the vote, up from 14.7% of five years before, and got 20 seats in the Regional Council, up from 11. Zaia was also the most voted President of Veneto since direct election was introduced in 1995.
In 2012, Zaia resulted the most popular President of Region in Italy. In May 2015 Zaia was re-elected President of Veneto with 50.1% of the vote in the 2015 regional election.
In early times of his administration, Zaia tried to limit the abortive pill RU-486. However, the AIFA ("Italian Agency of Medicine"), claimed his position unconstitutional, how the question is regulated by the Law 194 of 1978.
In 2013, Zaia speech against the LGBT adoption. He said that: "I have nothing against gays, but the possibility of adoption seems to me to be an extreme measure with unpredictable effects." ("Io non ho nulla contro i gay, ma la possibilità dell’adozione mi pare un’estremizzazione dagli effetti imprevedibili").
In August 2010, an anti-globalization group pickets in Vivaro against the GMO plantations. The manifestation was supported by Zaia, that claimed a "return to legality", despite his predecessor Giancarlo Galan, member of his coalition, was pro-GMO.
After a flood in 2010, Zaia and his coalition changed a regional law to permit the reconstruction of rural ruins until 800 cubic meter. The Democratic Party claimed this as a "cementification" attempt. Also the National Association of Building Constructors ("Associazione nazionale costruttori edili", ANCE) called the law a "bad choice".
He was criticized when, after the flood, he asked for more funds for the reconstruction, and said: "It's a shame spending 250,000,000 € for four stones in Pompei."
In March 2014, Zaia supported a plebiscite on the Venetian independence. He also comparated the Veneto to Crimea, that on March 11 of the same year has launched a referendum for the independence from Ukraine.
Luca Zaia was born on 27 March 1968 in the Province of Treviso. In 1993 he received a degree in the science of animal production at the veterinary college of the University of Udine, before attending a managerial course.
In August 2006, when was Vice President of Veneto, Zaia saved an Albanian citizen, that was wedged in a burning car. He refused the title of "hero".
- Il Pdl a Pd e Udc: basta tensioni Regionali, il Veneto alla Lega
- Zaia candidato: c'è il sigillo della Lega «Felice di questa grande responsabilità» - Corriere del Veneto
- Ministry of the Interior – 2010 regional election in Veneto
- Enza Cusmai (April 2, 2010). "I neo governatori leghisti: "No alla Ru486"". Il Giornale.
- "Sorrisi per Napolitano al seggio Zaia: ho votato quattro Sì". L'Unità. June 12, 2011.
- "Zaia: assolutamente contrario adozioni gay". Il Mattino. January 12, 2013.
- Alberto Statera (December 23, 2010). "Lega di lotta e di cemento". La Repubblica.
- Francesco Alberti (November 9, 2010). "Premier nel Veneto alluvionato Zaia: vergogna i soldi a Pompei". Corriere della Sera.
- "Verona, il referendum per l'indipendenza del Veneto macina voti online: "Segni di sentimento condiviso"". VeronaSera. March 18, 2014.
- "Auto in fiamme, il leghista Zaia salva un albanese". Corriere della Sera. August 4, 2006.
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