The administrative-institutional activities of Raffaele Lauro began in Sorrento in 1980. Pupil of politician Francesco Compagna, he was elected Councillor of Sorrento, holding the positions of Deputy Mayor, Councillor for Finance, Personnel and Culture. During the period in which he took the latter department, he organized the Public Library of Sorrento and established a theater school, with director Lorenzo Ferrero di Roccaferrera and a theatrical review, with actor Bruno Cirino Pomicino. He left Sorrento in 1984 and he moved to Rome where he was chief of the secretariat of the Post and Telecommunications Ministry, of the Finance Ministry and of the Interior Ministry, he was Councillor of the national Audit Office then head Prefect. He has had a sensitive assignment at the Interior Ministry (Chief of Cabinet, Director of Border Regions and Inspector General of Administration). In October 2003 he was appointed Councillor to the Minister of Government Program Implementation at the Office of the Prime Minister. From May 2005 to May 2006 he was Chief of cabinet of the Production Activities Ministry. From June 2006 until February 2008 he was Special Government Commissioner for the Coordination of Anti-racket and Anti-usury Initiatives and Chairman of the Solidarity Commission for the victims of extortion and usury. In the general elections of 2008 he was elected senator for the "People of Freedom" party, in the district of Campania. He was appointed member of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into the Mafia and other criminal organizations, including foreign ones, member of the parliamentary committee for the general guidance and supervision of broadcasting services, the First Committee (Constitutional Affairs), until April 2012 and then member of the Sixth Committee (Finance and Treasury). He was also Political Advisor to the security of the Minister of Economic Development, the Hon. Claudio Scajola. On January 21, 2013, he left the PDL Group of the Senate of the Republic to join the Misto Group. Since March 2013, he started to work as a private adviser for institutional relations and communication.