Giorgia Meloni (born 15 January 1977) is an Italian politician and journalist, president of Brothers of Italy.
Giorgia Meloni was Minister of Youth in the IV Berlusconi government and president of Young Italy, the youth section of The People of Freedom.
She is co-founder of the party Brothers of Italy ("Fratelli d'Italia") with Guido Crosetto and Ignazio La Russa, and on March 8, 2014, she was elected president of the party. She has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy since 2006.
Meloni was born in Rome, to a father from Sardinia and a mother from Sicily.
Being active into politics since her teenage years, she earned a diploma from the former Amerigo Vespucci Institute in 1996.
In 1992, when she was 15, she started her political commitment in "Fronte della Gioventù", the youth section of Italian Social Movement. After she founded a student movement called "Gli Antenati", in 1995 she became a member of the National Alliance.
In 1996, she became the national president of "Azione Studentesca", the student movement of National Alliance.
In 1998, she was elected city councilwoman of the Province of Rome and she held this position until 2002.
In 2000, she was elected national director, and in 2004, was the first women president of Youth Action, the party's youth wing.
Deputy Vice President of Chamber of Deputies and Minister of Youth Policy
In 2006, she became the youngest ever deputy vice president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and she started to work as journalist.
In 2009, her party merged with Forza Italia into The People of Freedom and she took over the presidency of the united party's youth section, called Young Italy.
In 2008, she was appointed as Minister of Youth Policy in Berlusconi IV Cabinet, a position she held until November 16, 2011. She was the youngest-ever minister in the history of the Italian Republic.
In November 2012, she announced her bid to contest the leadership of the People of Freedom party against Angelino Alfano, in contrast with the party's support of the Monti Cabinet. After the cancellation of the primaries, she teamed up with fellow MPs Ignazio La Russa and Guido Crosetto for an anti-Monti policy, asking for renewal within the party and being also critical of the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi.
Foundation of Brothers of Italy
In December 2012, both MPs left the party to become founding member of a new political movement named "Fratelli d'Italia" (Brothers of Italy), a name borrowed from the words of the Italian National Anthem. At the Italian general election, 2013, her party gets 2.0% and 9 seats.
In March 2014 she won the primary election of her party and became President.
She was candidate for mayor of Rome in 2016, but she lost. She and her party were for "No" to the constitutional Italian referendum, 2016.