Jean-Léonard Touadi

Jean-Léonard Touadi (born 25 January 1959 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo) is a Congolese Italian journalist, author and politician. Touadi was raised in France and immigrated to Italy in 1979. There, he rose to prominence as a television journalist and as Rome's deputy mayor in charge of security.

Jean-Léonard Touadi
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
8 May 2008  14 March 2013
Personal details
Born (1959-01-25) 25 January 1959
Brazaville, Democratic Republic of Congo
Political partyIdV (until 2008)
PD (2008-2017)
CP (since 2018)
Spouse(s)Cristina Bacillieri
ChildrenSophie-Claire (2005)
Sandrine (2007)
ProfessionUniversity professor

In the 2008 general election he was elected to the Italian Parliament with Italy of Values (IdV), becoming Italy's second black Member of Parliament (MP)[1] and the first MP from sub-Saharan Africa. On 11 July 2008, few months after his election, he left the IdV and joined the Democratic Party (PD).

He is married to Cristina Bacillieri and they have two daughters: Sophie-Claire (2005) and Sandrine (2007).[2]


  1. After Mercedes Lourdes Frias. Before them, Dacia Valent was elected at the Europarlament
  2. "Touadì, primo parlamentare di colore" (in Italian). 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2011-06-13.


(in Italian) Profile at Italian Chamber of Deputies

Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Title jointly held

2008 – present

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