Matteo Renzi was born in Florence in January 1975 and grew up in Rignanosull’Arno. From a very young age he experienced the scout movement which left him with the desire to, as in the words of Baden Powell, “try and leave this world a little better than you found it.
He worked as a manager in his family’s marketing company while continuing in the scouts, as scout leader and as editor of the magazine “Camminiamoinsieme”.
In September 1999 he married Agnese, a student of Italian Literature, now a high school teacher in Florence. In the same year he graduated in Law with the thesis “Firenze 1951-1956: la prima esperienza di Giorgio La PiraSindaco di Firenze”. Together with other authors he wrote the book “Mode – Guide aglistili di strada e in movimento” and co-wrote with LapoPistelli “Ma le giubberosse non uccisero Aldo Moro”.
In 2004 he was elected President of the Province of Florence: during his mandate he reduced taxes, cut the cost of government and increased investment in culture and environment.
In June 2009 he was elected Mayor: the city of Florence breaths fresh air and experiences a new political verve. He was Mayor of Florence from 2009 to 2014.
On Sunday the 8th December 2013 he was elected secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) with 67.55% equal to 1,895,332 votes.
On the 22nd of February 2014, he was appointed President of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister of Italy). After the negative result of the constitutional referendum of the 4th of December 2016, on the 7th December 2016, Matteo Renzi resigned as Prime Minister.
On the 30th of April 2017 almost 2 million voters took part in the primary elections for Secretary of the Democratic Party (PD). Renzi was re-elected with 69% of the votes cast.
Following the results of the Italian parliamentary election, in March 2018 he resigned as Leader of the PD.
Matteo Renzi is currently Senator for the Electoral College of Florence, Scandicci, Signa, Lastra a Signa and Impruneta.
His activity as a politician has been accompanied by his writing: “Fuori!” (2011), “Stilnovo” (2012), “Oltre la rottamazione” (2013), “Avanti! Perchél’Italia non siferma” (2017).