David Sassoli was born in Florence on 30 May 1956. He began working very young as a journalist for small newspapers and news agencies, then moved on to the Roman editorial office of the newspaper Il Giorno, where for seven years he distinguished himself by following the main political events and news. His career as a news reporter began in 1992 as a news correspondent for Tg3. Subsequently he worked on other information programs on Rai Uno and Rai Due, and then entered, in 1999, in the editorial staff of TG1, as a special correspondent. In the following ten years his commitment has been focused on the management of the main editions of the news and on big national and international events. In 2007 he became deputy director of TG1 and responsible for the in-depth programs "TV7″ and " TG1 Special ″.
Since he was young he has been involved in educational associations, such as that of the scouts, in Catholic youth movements.
After many years the Democratic Party was born, and he considered it the right place for his political commitment.
On 7 June 2009, he was elected MEP of the Democratic Party with over 400,000 preferences. In the 2009-2014 legislature he held the position of head of delegation of the PD.
In 2014, he re-applied for European elections in the constituency of the Centre and obtained more than 200,000 preferences (60,000 in Rome alone). On 1 July of the same year, he was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament with 393 votes, being the second most voted in the PD-S&D quota, with responsibility for Mediterranean Policy, the Budget and buildings.
As a member of the Commission for Transport and Tourism he was rapporteur for the European railway reform (4th Railway Package) and the Single European Sky.
On 26 May 2019 he was elected for the third time as a member of the European Parliament in central Italy with 128,533 votes.