Aloízio Mercadante

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Aloízio Mercadante Oliva (born 13 May 1954 in Santos, São Paulo) is an economist and Brazilian politician[1] who served as the Chief of Staff of Brazil[2] between 2014 and 2015. He was a founder of the Workers' Party in February 1980 and vice-chairman of the party between 1991 and 1999, then state senator from São Paulo between 2003 and 2010. From 2011 to 2012 he was Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in Brazil, and in 2012 he became Minister of Education, due to Fernando Haddad's departure to run for mayor of São Paulo.

Aloízio Mercadante
Aloízio Mercadante
Minister of Education
In office
2 October 2015 – 12 May 2016
PresidentDilma Rousseff
Preceded byRenato Janine Ribeiro
Succeeded byMendonça Filho
In office
24 January 2012 – 3 February 2014
PresidentDilma Rousseff
Preceded byFernando Haddad
Succeeded byJosé Henrique Paim
Chief of Staff of the Presidency
In office
3 February 2014 – 2 October 2015
PresidentDilma Rousseff
Preceded byGleisi Hoffmann
Succeeded byJaques Wagner
Minister of Science and Technology
In office
1 January 2011 – 23 January 2012
PresidentDilma Rousseff
Preceded bySérgio Machado Rezende
Succeeded byMarco Antonio Raupp
Member of the Federal Senate
from São Paulo
In office
1 February 2003 – 1 February 2011
Preceded byJosé Serra
Succeeded byAloysio Nunes
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
1 February 1999 – 1 February 2003
ConstituencySão Paulo
In office
1 February 1991 – 1 February 1995
ConstituencySão Paulo
Personal details
Born (1954-05-13) 13 May 1954 (age 65)
São Paulo, Brazil
Political partyWorkers' Party
Alma materSchool of Economics, Business and Accounting of the University of São Paulo


The son of an Army general and former commander of ESG (War College), he graduated in economics from the University of São Paulo (FEA-USP). He holds a Ph.D. and a master's degree in economics from the University of Campinas (Unicamp), and is a professor of economics at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP).

Mercadante was national vice president of the PT and secretary of international relations, and member of the National Directorate and the National Executive. He participated in drafting PT government programs and was coordinator of the party's presidential campaigns in 1989 and 2002. He ran for vice-president of the Republic on Lula's ticket in the 1994 elections.

In his first race for a seat as a federal deputy in 1990, he was elected with more votes than any other deputy in the Brazilian congress. In the House, he stood out in two important Parliamentary Committees of Inquiry (CPI): the PC Farias and Budget. In 1994, Mercadante waived a probable re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives and ran for vice president under Lula.

In 1996 he coordinated the government program of the PT and was a candidate for deputy mayor of São Paulo on Luiza Erundina's ticket. He was a protagonist in the national economic debate, attending lectures and publishing articles proposing an alternative model of development. This period resulted in the launch of the book "The Post-Real Brazil".

In 1998, Mercadante returned to the Chamber of Deputies with the third most votes in the legislative body with 241,559 votes. In his second term, he attended several specialized committees on the economy, finances and the tax system. He chaired the Committee on the Economy, Trade and Industry (1999), was leader of the PT's Bench (2000) and member of committees on Foreign Relations and National Defence and Finance and Taxation (2001). When running for a Senate seat in 2002, Mercadante received the second highest vote in the history of Brazilian elections - 10,497,348, a record only surpassed by Aloysio Nunes, from the PSDB, who won 11,182,669 votes in the 2010 elections. In the Senate, he held the leadership of the government caucus until June 2006.

In 2006 he was a candidate for governor of São Paulo by the PT, when he got the most votes within the state party internal elections- 6,771,582 votes. That he published a book: "Brazil - First Time", an analysis of the Lula government as the first socialist government of Brazil. From 2007 to 2008, he chaired the Economic Affairs Commission (EAC) of the Senate.

During the impeachment of Senator Renan Calheiros (PMDB-AL) Mercadante advocated combining all the accusations into a single trial, in open session in the Senate. In his speech, he argued: "My vote was not a failure, as some have said. It was a transparent vote, of someone who believes that the correct judgment on the merits of the question can only be made based on the complete judicial process".

In January 2009, Mercadante was elected leader of the PT caucus in the Senate. On 20 August 2009, he announced his resignation from the leadership position because of the party's decision to support closing the investigation by the Ethics Committee against the President of the Senate, José Sarney.[3] The next day, however, in a speech in the Senate, after a long night of talks with President Lula, he announced that - against the wishes of his family - he had accepted the request of the president that he continue as the Party's leader in the chamber.

In 2010, he ran as PT's candidate for governor of São Paulo: however, he was defeated in the first round by Geraldo Alckmin. Mercadante was invited to join the cabinet of President Dilma Rousseff as Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in 2011.[4] On 18 January 2012, he was invited to assume the Ministry of Education due to the departure of the prior minister, Fernando Haddad, to run for mayor of São Paulo.


  1. ^ "Mercadante fica na liderança do PT "em respeito a pedido de Lula"". A Tarde On Line. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Brazil's Rousseff shifts Cabinet into election gear". Reuters. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Mercadante deixa cargo de líder do PT no Senado". Archived from the original on 30 September 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Mercadante é convidado e aceita Ciência e Tecnologia". A Folha de S.Paulo. 3 December 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gleisi Hoffmann
Chief of Staff of the Presidency
Succeeded by
Jaques Wagner