Italy

Chamber of Deputies

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Il Parlamento (Parliament)
Chamber name
Camera dei Deputati (Chamber of Deputies)
Structure & status of parliament
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 1889
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Twelve Plus Group

Speaker

Official title
President of the Chamber of Deputies
Speaker
Lorenzo Fontana (Male)
Date of birth: 10 Apr 1980
Term
14 Oct 2022
Additional information

Elected on 14 Oct. 2022

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Secretary General
Secretary General
Fabrizio Castaldi (Male)
Term
09 Jan 2022
Notes

Appointed on 29 Dec. 2021 for a seven-year term effective from 9 Jan. 2022.

Members

Statutory number of members
400
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
400
Current number of members
400
Men
271
Women
129
Percentage of women
32.3%
Statutory number of members per country 
605
Population (in thousands)
59,240
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
Click for historical data

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
49.9
(2022-10)
Youngest member
Rachele Scarpa (Female)
Youngest member (years)
25
Oldest member
Umberto Bossi (Male)
Oldest member (years)
81
Number of members, by age (2022-10)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 1 32 47 51 87 43 9 1 0 271
Female 0 4 28 28 24 31 11 3 0 0 129
Totals per age interval 0 5 60 75 75 118 54 12 1 0 400
Total <= 45: 140 Total >= 46: 260
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
1.3% 0.3% 1.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
16.3% 8% 8.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
35.0% 20% 15.0%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
Yes
Other groups
-

Notes: Eight seats reserved for Italians living abroad. (c.f. article 56 of the Constitution).

Electoral quota for women
Yes

Notes:

Under penalty of ineligibility, the lists of candidates for the Chamber of Deputies in multi-member districts must comprise candidates of both genders in alternating order (known as a zebra list).

The lists of candidates in single-member districts at a national level should not comprise more than 60% of candidates of either gender.

No more that 60% of candidates at the top of lists presented in multi-member districts at a national level should be of either gender. The National Central Office ensures compliance with such provisions.

Sources: Source: Law no. 165/2017

Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No