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Virginia Elena Raggi born 18 July 1978) is an Italian lawyer and current Mayor of Rome, elected in 2016. Raggi represents the anti-corruption Five Star Movement (M5S), and is both the first candidate from that party and the first woman to be elected to Rome's mayoralty.
Raggi was born and raised in the Appio Latino (it) district of Rome, and studied law at the Roma Tre University, specialising in judicial and extrajudicial civil law. Raggi was previously a member of local neighborhood boards before joining the Five Star Movement for Rome district XIV in 2011.
In the 2013 municipal election, Raggi was one of four members of the Five Star Movement elected to Rome city council.
Raggi lives with her family in the Ottavia district of Rome.She is married to fellow M5S member Andrea Severini with whom she has one child, born in 2009.
First female mayor of Rome
Virginia Raggi has been elected as Rome's first female mayor in a triumph for the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), representing a blow to Matteo Renzi, Italy's prime minister.
Raggi swept into City Hall on Sunday with two-thirds of the votes cast in a runoff contest with Roberto Giachetti of Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (DP).
"A new era is beginning with us," said Raggi after declaring victory. "We'll work to bring back legality and transparency to the city's institutions."
More than nine million voters were eligible to take part in the second-round election in 126 communes, including Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin and Bologna.
Here's what you need to know about Raggi's victory:
She's Rome's youngest mayor, too
Raggi, who will turn 38 next month, is the youngest mayor in Rome's history, ANSA reported.
The news agency said associates describe the civil lawyer as "precise, determined, and a stickler for detail."
She says equality is 'still a pipe dream'
Raggi acknowledged the gender significance of her victory in a post on a party blog. "The first thing I would say … is that finally Rome will have a female mayor," she wrote.
At a time "in which equal opportunities are still a pipe dream," she hailed the result as "the first sign of the profound change that we are bringing to this country."
Her party won big
Raggi's victory was part of a wider sweep by the M5S, which saw the party win the mayoralty in 19 out of the 20 towns and cities where it put up candidates, ANSA reported.
Comedian and blogger Beppe Grillo founded the party in 2009.
She has vowed to tackle Rome's enduring problems
Raggi campaigned on a platform of addressing the Italian capital's enduring issues, from infrastructure to corruption.
Besides vowing to clean up City Hall, she promised to take on issues from housing to recycling and waste management to public transport — calling for the creation of more cycling lanes to tackle the city's notorious traffic problems.
She doesn't have a ton of experience
Critics have pointed to her relative lack of experience as a potential shortcoming. Raggi's political experience is limited to a few years on Rome's City Council.