Gianni Pittella was born in Lauria on November 19th, 1958. He is married and he has two sons. He graduated in medicine and surgery and specialised in medicine for legal and insurance purposes.
He early became a member of the Young Socialist Party of which he was elected Regional Secretary and member of the National direction. He was elected Municipal Councillor (1979); Member of Regional Council and Member of Regional Executive for training, culture and productive activities (1980). He was member of the executive board of the centre-left party, Democratici di Sinistra (DS).
He took responsibility in the DS Party for policies concerning Italians in the World. In 1996 he was elected deputy at the Italian Parliament and appointed member of the Committee on Environment, Public Works and EU Policies. He has been a member of the Special Committee on Wastes.
In 1999 he was elected Member of the European Parliament, reconfirmed for his second term in 2004. During his mandate, he was appointed as EU Standing Rapporteur on Structural Funds and General Rapporteur on the EU Budget procedure.
He was President of the Italian Delegation at the Socialist Group at the European Parliament; Member of the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. In 2007 he has been appointed as Rapporteur on the retail banking sector inquiry in Europe.
In 2008, he was elected for his third mandate. Since July 2009, He is first Vice-President of the European Parliament; he has also been appointed as member of the Parliament’s Bureau; Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection; and Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro.