Vincenzo Amendola was born in Naples on 22 December 1973.
In 1998 he was appointed head of the representation of the centre-left youth movement Sinistra Giovanile at the Foreign Ministry and Vice President of IUSY (International Union of Socialist Youth).
In 2001 he was elected Secretary General of IUSY. He was also a member of the Presidium and of the Socialist International’s Board of Directors and participated as a delegate in relevant international forums spanning from the Council of Europe to the World Social Forum.
In 2006 he became a member of the National Secretariat of the Democratici di Sinistra, and moved to Naples that same year to head the Regional Secretariat of the DS in the Campania Region.
In October 2009 he won the primaries and became Campania’s regional secretary of the Partito Democratico (PD) until February 2014.
Still in 2009 he became a member of the PD’s National Secretariat in the capacity of Coordinator of the Conference of the PD’s Regional Secretaries.
In March 2013, he was elected to sit in the Chamber of Deputies for the region of Campania. In the Parliament, he was appointed PD Group Leader in the 3rd Commission on Foreign and Community Affairs. He was also member of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
In June 2013 he was confirmed member of the PD’s National Secretariat in the capacity of Coordinator of the Conference of the PD’s Regional Secretaries
Since September 2014 he has been a member of the PD’s National Secretariat, in charge of European and Foreign Affairs and relations with the Party of European Socialists.
Since 29 January 2016, he has held the position of Undersecretary of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.