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Eduardo Suplicy
(Eduardo Matarazzo Suplicy)
PT- São Paulo

The first elected senator in the history of the Brazilian Labour Party (PT), Eduardo Matarazzo Suplicy, was born in São Paulo, Brazil, on June 21st, 1941. His political performance is the result of a public life constructed throughout almost 20 years, when he was elected for his first mandate as State Deputy (1979/1983). He is one of the founders of PT and member of the Executive and the National Directory of the Party.

Elected Senator of the Republic for the mandate 1991/99, with 4,229,706 votes, Eduardo Suplicy occupied the position of leader of PT in the Federal Senate for three times. In the last elections for the Federal Senate, in 1998, Eduardo Suplicy conquered the biggest poll for this position in the Country and the second greatest of the history of São Paulo, with 6,718,463 votes.

One of the most important Bill of Law presented by Suplicy institutes in Brazil the Program of Guaranteed Minimum Income. Approved in the Senate, on December of 1991, it waits, for seven years, to be voted in the Commission of Finances and Taxation of the House of Representatives. Minimum Income was associated to education and is already a reality in many Brazilian cities.

Suplicy also presented Bills of Law requiring the knowledgement of the main debtors to the Federal Budget, to the Labour Ministry, to the Social Security and Federal Government Saving Bank; creating the structure of the National Co-operative Society System; granting amnesty to the labor union representatives due to political motivations; instituting direct elections for substitutes of candidates to the Federal Senate and authorizing the Executive Power to create the Brazilian Citzenship Fund, among others. To fulfill his campaign promises, Suplicy tried to present a proposition to reduce the senators’ mandate for four years.

In 1966, he became professor of the Economics Department of the School of Business Administration of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, where he still works until today. In 1968, he obtained his Masters Degree at the Michigan State University. In 1973, Suplicy concluded his PhD at Michigan State University with the thesis "The Effects of Mini devaluation in the Brazilian Economy", published in 1975 by the Fundação Getúlio Vargas. He obtained his post-doctorate degree at Stanford University.

Eduardo Suplicy is the author of "The Effect of Mini devaluations in the Brazilian Economy" (Published by Fundação Getúlio Vargas - 1975); "International and Brazilian Economic Policies" (Published by Vozes ed. - 1977); "Commitment" (Published by Editora Brasiliense - 1978); "Investigating the Coroa-Brastel Case" (edited by the House of Representatives - 1985); "From the Distribution of Income to the Rights of Citizenship" (published by Editora Brasiliense - 1988) and "The Program of Guaranteed Minimum Income" (edited by the Federal Senate - 1992).