Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias (born 6 July 1954) is a Brazilian entrepreneur, agronomic engineer, and politician, member of the Democrats (DEM). She has been a Federal Deputy since 2015, representing the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and is a member of the congressional ruralist front. In November 2018, president-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced that she would be Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply and the first woman to compose the new government, which was inaugurated on 1 January 2019. She was appointed by a group of 20 members of the Farming Parliamentary Front (FPA).
|Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply|
|Assumed office |
1 January 2019
|Preceded by||Blairo Maggi|
|Federal Deputy from Mato Grosso do Sul|
1 February 2015 – 1 January 2019
|Secretary of Agrarian Development, Production, Industry, Trade and Tourism of Mato Grosso do Sul|
1 January 2007 – 7 April 2014
|Preceded by||João Crisóstomo Mauad Cavallero|
|Succeeded by||Paulo Engel|
Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias
6 July 1954
Campo Grande, MS, Brazil
|Political party||DEM (Since 2017) |
PSB (Until 2017)
|Education||Federal University of Viçosa|
|Occupation||Agronomic engineer, entrepreneur|
Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias was born in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, and received a bachelor's degree in agronomy from the Federal University of Viçosa. Tereza Cristina was Secretary of Agrarian Development, Production, Industry, Trade and Tourism of Mato Grosso do Sul during the governorship of André Puccinelli (PMDB).
In the Mato Grosso do Sul state elections in 2014, she was elect Federal Deputy with 75,149 votes. In January 2017, Tereza was elected Leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) in the Chamber of Deputies, defeating Deputy Tadeu Alencar (PE) with 22 to 14 votes. Therefore, she became leader of a group of 36 deputies.
She left PSB in October 2017 after the party joined the opposition to president Michel Temer. Other deputies followed her, like Fabio Garcia (MT), Adilton Sachetti (MT) and Danilo Forte (CE), as well as Minister of Mines and Energy Fernando Coelho Filho. On December, she joined the Democrats (DEM), party of the President of the Chamber Rodrigo Maia (RJ).
In 2018, Tereza Cristina headed a Chamber special committee that approved Bill 6,299, aimed at ending regulations on many pesticides in the country, earning her the nickname "The Poison Muse".
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| Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply
João Crisóstomo Mauad Cavallero
| Secretary of Agrarian Development, Production,
Industry, Trade and Tourism of Mato Grosso do Sul