Roberto Maroni is the President of the Lombardy Regional government, as a result of regional elections in February 2013.
The President of the Regional government is elected every five years by the citizens of the region.
He is the head of the regional government and passes all regulations.
The President also appoints the members of the Executive board (Regional Ministers) and is held responsible by the Regional Council regarding the Executive board’s work.
Roberto Maroni was born in Varese on 15 March 1955 and is married, with three children. He currently lives in Varese. Having graduated in law, he is a qualified lawyer, who once headed the legal office of a major American multinational.
In his free time, he likes to play the Hammond organ in a soul group called Distretto 51.
He is a member of the Northern League (Lega Nord), having been so since its creation, and entered politics in 1979 with Umberto Bossi. As the then Provincial Secretary of the Northern League for Varese and a member of the national council of the Lombard League (Lega Lombarda), he was elected as a municipal councillor for Varese in 1990, later becoming a local minister in the city's first administration under the League.
He was elected to parliament in 1992, going on to become the President of the Northern League parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies in 1993. The following year, he became part of the first Berlusconi Government, as the Vice President of the Council and the Minister of the Interior. In 1996, he was re-elected to the Chamber of Deputies, as part of the Po Northern League Group (Gruppo Lega Nord Padania) and became a member of Permanent Commission I (Constitutional Affairs), Permanent Commission III (Foreign and EU Affairs), and the Executive Body for Judicial Authorisation.
In 2001, having been elected as an MP once more, he became the Minister of Labour and Welfare in the second and third Berlusconi Governments. During this time, he engaged with relevant social partners endlessly to make profound changes to Italian labour law (Biagi Law) that have made the labour market more flexible and inclusive. He also achieved significant pension reform, helping to develop the system of supplementary private pensions. In 2006, he was elected President of the Po Northern League Parliamentary Group in the Chamber of Deputies and appointed as a member of the Parliamentary Committee for the Security of the Republic, the parliamentary delegation at the Assembly of the Council of Europe and the parliamentary delegation at the Assembly of the Western European Union.
In 2008, he was elected to the Chamber once more with the Po Northern League Group and became part of the fourth Berlusconi Government, as the Minister of the Interior.
During his time in office, he made major strides against organised crime, achieving significant results, especially in terms of tackling mafia assets.
On 1 July 2012, he was elected as the Federal Secretary for the Confederal Political Movement "Northern League for the Independence of the Po area."
In the regional elections on 24 and 25 February 2013, he was elected as the President of the Lombardy Regional Administration.