António Costa

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António Costa
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Secretary-General of the Socialist Party
Assumed office
22 November 2014
Preceded by António José Seguro
Mayor of Lisbon
Assumed office
1 August 2007
Deputy Fernando Medina
Preceded by Marina Ferreira (Acting)
Minister of the Internal Administration
In office
12 March 2005 – 17 May 2007
Prime Minister José Sócrates
Preceded by Daniel Sanches
Succeeded by Rui Pereira
Minister of Justice
In office
25 October 1999 – 6 April 2002
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by José Vera Jardim
Succeeded by Celeste Cardona
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
In office
25 November 1997 – 25 October 1999
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by Manuel Dias Loureiro
Succeeded by Luís Marques Mendes
Personal details
Born António Luís dos Santos da Costa
(1961-07-17) 17 July 1961 (age 53)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Fernanda Tadeu (1987–present)
Children Pedro
Alma mater University of Lisbon

António Luís dos Santos da Costa, GCIH (born 17 July 1961 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese lawyer and politician who has been Mayor of Lisbon since 2007. Previously he was Minister of Internal Administration from 2005 to 2007. He was elected as leader of the Socialist Party in September 2014.

António Costa is of partial Goan descent through his father, the writer Orlando da Costa.[1]

Political career[edit]

He was a Member of the European Parliament for the Socialist Party (PES), heading the list after the dramatic death of top candidate António de Sousa Franco. On 20 July 2004 he was elected as one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament. He resigned as an MEP on 11 March 2005 to become Minister of State and Internal Administration in the government of José Sócrates.

António Costa resigned all government offices in May 2007 to become his party's candidate for the municipality of Lisbon. He was elected as Lisbon's mayor on 15 July 2007.


António Costa is of partial Goan descent through his father, the writer Orlando da Costa. His mother was the writer Maria Antónia Palla. His brother by his father's second marriage is the journalist Ricardo Costa.

Married in 1987 to Fernanda Maria Gonçalves Tadeu, the couple have a son and a daughter.


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