Rosy Bindi

The Honourable
Maria Rosaria "Rosy" Bindi
Italian Minister of Family
In office
17 May 2006  8 May 2008
Prime Minister Romano Prodi
Preceded by Roberto Maroni
Minister of Health
In office
17 May 1996  25 April 2000
Prime Minister Romano Prodi
Massimo D'Alema
Preceded by Elio Guzzanti
Succeeded by Umberto Veronesi
Personal details
Born (1951-02-12) 12 February 1951
Sinalunga, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Democratic (2007– )
Democracy is Freedom (2002–2007)
Italian People's Party (1994–2002)
Christian Democratic (1989–1994)
Profession Political scientist
Religion Roman Catholicism

Maria Rosaria Bindi, best known as Rosy Bindi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈrɔːzi ˈbindi]) (born 12 February 1951), is an Italian politician and the current President of the Antimafia Commission.


Born in Sinalunga (Tuscany), she graduated in political science. She was standing near the lawyer Vittorio Bachelet when he was assassinated by the Red Brigades in 1980. She held the position of vice-president of Azione Cattolica, the most popular Italian Catholic lay association, from 1984 to 1989, the year she joined the Christian Democracy (DC) party.

After the dissolution of the DC party, Bindi joined the Italian People's Party and became a leading figure in The Olive Tree, the broad left-to-centre coalition led by Romano Prodi. Following the coalition's victory in the 1996 general election, she was named Minister of Health, a position she held also in the following governments led by Massimo D'Alema.

During her tenure at the Ministry of Health, through her circular "Circolare Bindi del 2 dicembre 1996", electroshock therapy was re-introduced in Italy to treat psychiatrised patients. It was later corrected by "Circolare Bindi del 15 February 1999" 'limiting' use of ECT in particular cases but without revoke it.[1]

In the 2001 general election she was elected for the third time to the Chamber of Deputies in the college of Cortona representing Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy. After the victory of The Union in the 2006 Italian general election, she became Minister for the Family, serving in that post until 2008.

Bindi competed for the leadership of the Democratic Party in the party's founding leadership election, and received 12.93% of the vote cast. She continues to work for the party, leading the Democrats, Truly faction.


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Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
since 1994
Political offices
Preceded by
Elio Guzzanti
Italian Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Umberto Veronesi
Preceded by
Italian Minister of Family
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pierluigi Castagnetti
Carlo Leoni
Giorgia Meloni
Giulio Tremonti
Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
Served alongside: Rocco Buttiglione, Antonio Leone, Maurizio Lupi
Succeeded by
Simone Baldelli
Luigi Di Maio
Roberto Giachetti
Marina Sereni
Party political offices
Preceded by
Romano Prodi
President of the Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Luigi Zanda (Acting)
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