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is an Italian
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politician, member of the Democratic Party
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She came from a working class background in Morozzo, Cuneo and studied in Cuneo and Torino. In Torino she began her political career by becoming onvolved with the communist party, becoming a deputy in 1987. Later she was Director of the Communist Youth League, regional councilor and responsible for women in the local party federation.
Following the dissolution of the Communist Party in 1991 she joined the Democratic Party of the Left, and then the Democrats of the left, as a deputy 1992-2001.
Fom May 1996 to October 1998 she was Minister of Social Affairs (Solidarietà Sociale) in the first Prodi
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, and then the D'Alema
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(1998–2000) and Amato
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In 2000 she unsuccessfully ran for President of Piedmont, but was elected a senator for Piedmont in 2006. She then became Minister of Health in the second Prodi government (2006-8). Following the fall of Prodi, she was elected to the House of Representatives in April 2008 as a left wing membe rof the Democratic Party.
Her name is attached to the 1998 immigration act known as Legge Turco-Napolitano (L. 40/98).