Ignazio Messina was born in Palermo on 24 July 1964, from a family of magistrates and University professors. In 1991 he was one of the founders of The Network political movement led by Leoluca Orlando, the Mayor of Palermo. In 2001 he joined Italy of Values party of the former magistrate Antonio Di Pietro.
In 2013 he joined the political alliance Civil Revolution for the 2013 election, but RC did not reached the minimum threshold and Messina lost his seat. In June 2013 he is elected National Secretary of the Italy of Values replacing Antonio Di Pietro.
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