David Maria Sassoli (May 30, 1956 Florence - January 11, 2022 Aviano) was an Italian politician and journalist, a member of the Democratic Party. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 and its President from July 2019 to January 2022, when he died.
David Sassoli studied political science at the University of Florence in the 1970s. He began his journalistic career in collaboration with small local newspapers and news agencies before moving to the Roman editorial office of Il Giorno. He has been on the register of professional journalists since 1986.
In 1992, he became a reporter for TG3. During this period he also collaborated with moderator Michel Santor on television shows such as Il Rosso e il nero and Tempo reale. In 1996, he presented the show Cronaca in diretta. After a few years, he got the position of TG1 news moderator and became one of the most important and popular journalists in the country. In 2007, when Gianni Riotta was appointed the new TG1 director, Sassoli became his deputy.
In 2009, Sassoli left his journalistic career and entered politics. He became a member of the Democratic Party and successfully ran in the European Parliament elections in 2009. He won more than 400,000 preferential votes, which was the most in his constituency of central Italy. From 2009 to 2014, he served as the leader of the Democratic Party's parliamentary group.
On October 9, 2012, Sassoli announced his candidacy in the primaries of the center-left coalition ahead of the new mayor of Rome in 2013. He finished second to Senator Ignazi Marin, who later became mayor. In the 2014 European Parliament elections, Sassoli was re-elected, this time with more than 200,000 preferential votes. The Democratic Party succeeded significantly in the elections, winning 41% of the vote.1. In July 2014, Sassoli was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament. In addition, he was a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. In 2019, Sassoli was re-elected to the European Parliament. On July 2, 2019, he was nominated by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats to the new President of the European Parliament. He was elected a day later. He thus succeeded Antonio Tajani and was the seventh Italian in this position.
David Sassoli was married to Alessandra Vittorini, with whom he had two children, Giulia and Livia. He was a fan of the ACF Fiorentina football team.
He was an active member of the Italian association of journalists, writers and other personalities Articolo 21, liberi di…, who support freedom of expression.
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