Famous Brazilian Politicians

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Romário
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time and Brazilian Senator for Rio de Janeiro)
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Birthdate: January 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of football, Romario has had an engaging and electric presence both on and off field. He starred in Brazil's 1994 FIFA World Cup triumph and was named the Player of The Tournament, earning a Golden Ball. He later turned to politics after he bid adieu to the field.
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Dilma Rousseff
(36th President of Brazil (2011-16))
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Birthdate: December 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Brazilian economist and politician Dilma Rousseff served as the president of Brazil from 2011 to 2016, becoming the first Brazilian woman president. She has also served as former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s Chief of Staff earlier and has been part of various energy-conservation groups.

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Jair Bolsonaro
(President of Brazil )
Jair Bolsonaro
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Birthdate: March 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glicério, State of São Paulo, Brazil

The 38th president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro started his career in the military, serving in the army's field artillery and parachutist units. He then overcame false accusations and first-degree conviction to become the president of Brazil. Over the years, Jair Bolsonaro has also received criticisms for voicing against homosexuality, secularism, abortion, and same-sex marriage.

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Michel Temer
(37th President of Brazil (2016-19))
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Birthdate: September 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tietê, State of São Paulo, Brazil

Michel Temer is a Brazilian politician who served as the 37th president of Brazil from 2016 to 2019. He assumed office following the impeachment of his predecessor Dilma Rousseff. Prior to that, he had been the vice president. A qualified lawyer, he has been active in politics since his college days. He was unpopular as the president. 

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
(35th president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010)
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
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Birthdate: October 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Caetés, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
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Bebeto
(Football player)
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Birthdate: February 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
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Getúlio Vargas
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Birthdate: April 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Borja
Died: August 24, 1954
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Gilberto Gil
(singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer)
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Birthdate: June 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salvador

Gilberto Gil is a Brazilian politician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for his political activism and musical innovation, Gil began his career by writing songs that aimed at creating political awareness. Not surprisngly, he played an important role in the tropicália musical movement during the 1960s. Over the course of his career, Gilberto Gil has won a couple of Grammy Awards.

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Juscelino Kubitschek
(Former President of Brazil 1956 – 1961)
Juscelino Kubitschek
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Birthdate: September 12, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Diamantina, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: August 22, 1976
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João Goulart
(Lawyer, Politician)
João Goulart
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Birthdate: March 1, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Borja
Died: December 6, 1976
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Fernando Collor de Mello
(Senator for Alagoas since February 2007, 32nd president of Brazil from 1990 to 1992)
Fernando Collor de Mello
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Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fernando Collor de Mello is a Brazilian politician best known for his service as the President of Brazil from 1990 to 1992. Collor was not only the first Brazilian president to be elected democratically after the end of the military dictatorship in Brazil, he was also the youngest president in the history of Brazil.

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Tancredo Neves
(Former Governor of Minas Gerais)
Tancredo Neves
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Birthdate: March 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São João del-Rei, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Died: April 21, 1985
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso
(34th President of Brazil (1995 - 2002))
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
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Birthdate: June 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fernando Henrique Cardoso is a Brazilian politician who served as the 34th president of Brazil from 1995 to 2002. Qualified as a sociologist, he pursued a successful academic career before joining politics. His tenure as the president brought about major advancements in institutional human rights. He also implemented multiple reforms to address poverty and inequality in the country. 

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Aécio Neves
(Economist, Politician)
Aécio Neves
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Birthdate: March 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte

Aécio Neves is a Brazilian economist turned politician. He is the former president of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and was the 17th governor of Minas Gerais. He is currently a member of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. He was born into a family of politicians and has been the subject of many controversies, including corruption charges. 

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João Figueiredo
(Military Leader and Politician who was the 30th president of Brazil)
João Figueiredo
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Birthdate: January 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: December 24, 1999
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Itamar Franco
(Former President of Brazil)
Itamar Franco
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Birthdate: June 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brazilian territorial waters, Atlantic Ocean
Died: July 2, 2011
Emílio Garrastazu Médici
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Birthplace: Bagé
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Ernesto Geisel
(Former President of Brazil)
Ernesto Geisel
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Birthdate: August 3, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bento Gonçalves, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: September 12, 1996
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Deodoro da Fonseca
(Politician)
Deodoro da Fonseca
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Birthdate: August 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marechal Deodoro, State of Alagoas, Brazil
Died: August 23, 1892
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José Sarney
(31st president of Brazil from 21 April 1985 to 14 March 1990)
José Sarney
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Birthdate: April 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pinheiro, State of Maranhão, Brazil

José Sarney is a Brazilian politician and lawyer. He served as the 31st president of Brazil from 1985 to 1990. His tenure was fraught with problems like rampant inflation and corruption. He also faced multiple allegations of nepotism in his career. Two of his children are also politicians. One of Brazil’s foremost oligarchs, he owns multiple media organizations. 

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Roberto Mangabeira Unger
(Philosopher, Politician)
Roberto Mangabeira Unger
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Birthdate: March 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto Mangabeira Unger is a Brazilian philosopher and politician best known for his book Politics: A Work in Constructive Social Theory. His research in classical social theory and pragmatism has been developed across the fields of legal theory, philosophy, and economics. As a politician, he is credited with having helped Brazil transition to democracy after the military regime. 
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Marina Silva
(Politician, Trade unionist)
Marina Silva
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Birthdate: February 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio Branco
Geraldo Alckmin
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Jânio Quadros
(President of Brazil)
Jânio Quadros
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Birthdate: January 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Campo Grande, Brazil
Died: February 16, 1992
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Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco
(Military Leader, and Politician)
Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco
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Birthdate: September 20, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil
Died: July 18, 1967
Artur da Costa e Silva
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Acelino Freitas
(Boxer, Politician)
Acelino Freitas
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Birthdate: September 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
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Tifanny Abreu
(Volleyball player)
Tifanny Abreu
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Birthdate: October 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paraíso do Tocantins, State of Tocantins, Brazil
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Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves
(Politician, President)
Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves
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Birthdate: July 7, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guaratinguetá
Died: January 16, 1919
Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa
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Birthdate: October 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macaé, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: August 4, 1957
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Floriano Peixoto
(Soldier, Politician)
Floriano Peixoto
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Birthdate: April 30, 1839
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maceió
Died: July 29, 1895
Eduardo Paes
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José Serra
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Marcos Pontes
(Engineer)
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Birthdate: March 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bauru, State of São Paulo, Brazil

Marcos Pontes is a Brazilian engineer, astronaut, and air force pilot. He became the first South American to go to space on March 30, 2006, when he docked onto the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-8. He holds the distinction of being the only Brazilian to have completed the NASA astronaut training program. 

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Eurico Gaspar Dutra
(Military leader)
Eurico Gaspar Dutra
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Birthdate: May 18, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cuiabá
Died: June 11, 1974
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Luís Carlos Prestes
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Birthdate: January 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: March 7, 1990
José de Alencar
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Enéas Carneiro
(Cardiologist)
Enéas Carneiro
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Birthdate: November 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio Branco, State of Acre, Brazil
Died: May 6, 2007

Enéas Carneiro was a Brazilian polymath. A qualified cardiologist, he also had degrees in mathematics and physics. Active in politics as well, he represented the state of São Paulo in the National Chamber of Deputies and ran for presidency three times. He founded the nationalist and conservative Party of the Reconstruction of the National Order (PRONA). 

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Renan Calheiros
(President of the Federal Senate (2013 - 2017))
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Birthdate: September 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Murici, Alagoas, Brazil
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Leonel Brizola
(Politician)
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Birthdate: January 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carazinho, Brazil
Died: June 21, 2004
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José Paranhos, Baron of Rio Branco
(Former Minister of External Relations of Brazil)
José Paranhos, Baron of Rio Branco
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Birthdate: April 20, 1845
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: February 10, 1912
José Dirceu
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Mário Covas
(Politician)
Mário Covas
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Birthdate: April 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santos, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: March 6, 2001
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Graciliano Ramos
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Birthdate: October 27, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quebrangulo, State of Alagoas, Brazil
Died: January 26, 1953

Graciliano Ramos was a Brazilian politician, modernist writer, and journalist. He is best remembered for his depiction of the problematic situation of the poor occupants of the Brazilian northeast in his novel, Vidas secas. Some of his works, such as Vidas Secas, São Bernardo, and Memórias do Cárcere, have been adapted into films.

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Afonso Augusto Moreira Pena
(Brazilian Politician)
Afonso Augusto Moreira Pena
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Birthdate: November 30, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Bárbara, Minas Gerais
Died: June 14, 1909
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Joaquim Nabuco
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Birthdate: August 19, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Died: January 17, 1910

Joaquim Nabuco was a Brazilian statesman and writer. He is best remembered for playing an important role in the abolitionist movement of Brazil. He campaigned against slavery and established the Brazilian Anti-Slavery Society. After the end of the Brazilian monarchy, Joaquim Nabuco became the first Brazilian ambassador to the United States and served in that position from 1905 to 1910.

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Abdias do Nascimento
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Birthdate: March 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Franca, Brazil
Died: May 23, 2011

Abdias do Nascimento was an African Brazilian artist, scholar, and politician. A Pan-African activist, Nascimento created the Black Experimental Theater to fight against racism in 1944. He continued his fight by creating the Black Arts Museum and the First Congress of Brazilian Blacks in 1950. He received international honors, including a nomination for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Ruy Barbosa
(Polymath)
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Birthdate: November 5, 1849
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
Died: March 1, 1923

Ruy Barbosa was a Brazilian writer, diplomat, jurist, and politician. He was a staunch defender of civil liberties and called for the abolition of slavery in Brazil. He represented Brazil in the second Hague convention and argued for Brazil's participation in World War I on the side of the Allies. He wanted Brazil to be more involved in the war. 

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Caio Narcio
(Politician)
Caio Narcio
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Birthdate: August 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uberlândia, Brazil
Died: August 16, 2020

Caio Narcio was a Brazilian politician who served as a state representative from Minas Gerais from 2015 to 2019. The son of politicians, he was exposed to politics at an early age. He graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais before beginning his political career. Sadly, he died during the Covid-19 pandemic at the young age of 33.  

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Arolde de Oliveira
(Politician)
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Birthdate: March 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Luiz Gonzaga, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: October 21, 2020

Arolde de Oliveira was a Brazilian soldier, economist, and politician who served as the federal deputy for Rio de Janeiro for nine consecutive terms from 1986 to 2019. He was strongly opposed to same-sex marriages. He was chosen to be a federal senator in 2019. He died in the middle of his tenure during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.  

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