Antonio Martino’s political career began with his first election to the Italian Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies in 1994. He was subsequently reelected four times: in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2008. He has twice obtained Ministerial rank in Italian administrations (both led by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi), as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1994 and Minister of Defense from June 2001 – May 2006. Equally significant is his role as a founding member of Forza Italia, Italy’s largest political party, in which he holds party card number two.
Born December 22, 1942, at Messina, Martino is the son of Gaetano Martino, former Italian Foreign Minister (1954 – 1957), President of the European Parliament (1962 – 1964) and prominent member of the now defunct Italian Liberal Party (PLI). Martino obtained a J.D. in Jurisprudence from the University of Messina Law School in 1964, then undertook postgraduate studies in Economics at The University of Chicago from 1966 – 1968, where he was a student of the renowned Milton Friedman.
A professor since 1976, Martino has held chairs at the universities of Messina, Bari, Naples and at Rome’s La Sapienza. Since 1992, he has been a full-time professor of Economics in the Political Science Department at the LUISS University of Rome (and is currently on Parliamentary leave). He has also served as president of the Mont Pélerin Society, an international society of classical liberals, founded in 1947 by Nobel Prize Winner Friedrich A. Hayek.
The author of 17 books and over 150 papers and articles on economic theory and policy, Martino is a frequent contributor to Italian and international magazines, newspapers, television and radio programs. He has been an editorial writer for many Italian dailies (La Stampa, Il Sole 24 Ore, Mondo economico, L’Opinione, Il Giornale, Quotidiano Nazionale Nazione-Giorno-Carlino) and his bi-line has also appeared in international dailies such as the Wall Street Journal, The Times, Le Figaro, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, The American Spectator, Economic Affairs and many more.
Martino has long-standing transatlantic credentials. Having first studied at the University of Chicago, he was then appointed Visiting Professor at the Rome Center of Loyola University of Chicago. An Adjunct Scholar at The Heritage Foundation since 1978, Martino has also been on the Editorial Board of the Cato Journal since 1990 and was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2005 by the US Department of Defense ,the highest honorary award presented by the DoD to private citizens.
Antonio Martino and his wife Carol have two daughters.