The current mayor of the city of Florence, Dario Nardella holds a Degree in Law and a PhD in Public Law and Environmental Law from the University of Florence, where he is also still engaged in teaching Cultural Heritage Legislation. He has been Legal Advisor to the Minister for Relations with Parliament and Institutional Reform during the last Prodi government (2006-2008). In 2004, he started working for the City Council of Florence and in 2009 was re-elected as Councillor. He has been part of the cabinet of Mayor Matteo Renzi, with responsibility for Economic Development and Sports. In 2012 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the XVII Legislature, in which capacity he signed and promoted a number of legislative initiatives such as the bill for the abolition of public financing to the parties. On 17 February 2014, Matteo Renzi, in his last act as mayor, appointed Nardella Deputy-Mayor. Following the vote of confidence to the new government led by Renzi, Nardella resigned from this role, only to be elected the new mayor of Florence on May 25th, 2014.