MEP. President of the Culture and Education Commission.
Professional journalist, has worked with magazines, newspapers and into the realization of some tv programs in Rai.
From 1976 to 1985 she was City Councillor in Rome for two terms, and was part of the Commissions School and Culture.
Member of the Chamber of Deputies for three Legislatures (1983-1994), has been a member of the Interns Commission and therefore of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education.
In the XI legislature was part of the Parliamentary Commission for Rai Supervision.
State UnderSecretary at the Ministry of University, Scientific and Technological Research (1993/94), during the Ciampi Government, was Chairman of the Committee on Equal opportunities for men and women at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers until September 2000.
From 2005 to July 2009 she was Minister of Education, the Right to Education and Training of the Lazio Region.
In June 2009 she was elected to the European Parliament and re-elected in 2014.