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Mário Covas

Mário Covas
30th Governor of São Paulo
In office
1 January 1995 – 6 March 2001
Vice Governor Geraldo Alckmin
Preceded by Luiz Antônio Fleury
Succeeded by Geraldo Alckmin
Member of the Federal Senate
In office
1 February 1987 – 1 January 1995
Constituency São Paulo
President of the
Brazilian Social Democracy Party
In office
Preceded by Party founded
Succeeded by Franco Montoro
Mayor of São Paulo
In office
11 May 1983 – 1 January 1986
Preceded by Francisco Altino Lima
Succeeded by Jânio Quadros
Personal details
Born 21 April 1930
Santos, Brazil
Died 6 March 2001(2001-03-06) (aged 70)
São Paulo, Brazil
Political party PSDB
Spouse(s) Lila Covas
Occupation Civil engineer

Mário Covas Júnior (Portuguese pronunciation:  or ; 21 April 1930 – March 2001) was a Brazilian politician.

Covas studied engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo. He entered politics in his native city of Santos, in the state of São Paulo.

He was elected federal representative, mayor of São Paulo City (1983–1985), senator and twice Governor of the state of São Paulo (1994–1998 and 1998–2001). He was a founder and member of PMDB (Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement) and later PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party). In 1989, he was the PSDB presidential candidate, receiving 11% of the votes. In the run-off of that election, he supported, like his party, Luís Inácio Lula da Silva.

He took a medical leave of absence on 22 January 2001, due to bladder cancer found during an operation to remove a prostate tumor.[1] He died later the same year. His successor was his deputy, Geraldo Alckmin.

External links

  • Fundação Mario Covas biography


  1. ^ Fuhrmann, Leonardo (2000-10-19). "Covas está com câncer, confirma equipe médica". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
PSDB Party presidential candidate
1989 (lost)
Succeeded by
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Political offices
Preceded by
Luiz Antônio Fleury Filho
Governor of São Paulo
Succeeded by
Geraldo Alckmin
Preceded by
Francisco Altino Lima
Mayor of São Paulo
Succeeded by
Jânio Quadros

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