Marta Suplicy

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Her Excellency
Marta Suplicy
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15th Minister of Culture
Assumed office
13 September 2012
President Dilma Rousseff
Preceded by Ana de Hollanda
Coat of arms of Brazil.svg Senator of Brazil
In office
1 February 2011 – 13 September 2012
Serving with Eduardo Suplicy and Aloizio Mercadante
Constituency São Paulo
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11th Minister of Tourism
In office
23 March 2007 – 3 June 2008
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded by Walfrido dos Mares Guia
Succeeded by Luis Barreto Filho
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58th Mayor of São Paulo
In office
1 January 2001 – 1 January 2005
Preceded by Celso Pitta
Succeeded by José Serra
Coat of arms of Brazil.svg Federal Deputy of Brazil
In office
1 February 1995 – 1 February 1999
Constituency São Paulo
Personal details
Born Marta Teresa Smith de Vasconcelos
(1945-03-18) 18 March 1945 (age 69)
São Paulo, Brazil
Political party Workers' Party
Children Supla, João Suplicy, André Suplicy
Alma mater Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
Occupation Psychologist
Religion Roman Catholicism

Marta Teresa Smith de Vasconcelos Suplicy (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaʁtɐ supliˈsi]; born March 18, 1945) is a Brazilian politician and psychologist. She was Mayor of São Paulo from 2001 to 2004 as a member of the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT). She later served as the Brazilian Minister of Tourism between March 14, 2007 and June 4, 2008, when she resigned to run again for mayor of São Paulo.

She attended Michigan State University (1966–68), and Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (1969–75); she did post-graduate work at Stanford University (1973). Suplicy started her career as a TV anchorwoman, providing sex advice on a popular show named TV Mulher (Woman TV), broadcast by Rede Globo. While serving as Congresswoman she proposed a gay civil unions act. After running for governor of São Paulo and losing to Mário Covas of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) in 1998, she was elected mayor of the state capital, São Paulo, in 2000.

Her administration of the city is marked by the changes she made to the city's bus system, creating a ticket that is valid for a period of two hours, called bilhete único. In the public educational system she created large schools and cultural centers, called "CEU", which were built in the poorest districts of the city. Towards the end of her administration, she began the construction of several underpasses which alleviated traffic in certain points of the city. She also increased many existing municipal taxes as well as creating new ones. In 2004 she ran for a second term, but was unseated by former PSDB presidential candidate José Serra.

On March 14, 2007, Suplicy accepted the Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's invitation to become the new Minister of Tourism.[1] Later that same year, on June 13, 2007, when interviewed about the 2006–2007 Brazilian aviation crisis, Suplicy suggested that users of the Congonhas Airport in São Paulo who suffered long delays while heading for vacation should "relax and enjoy because they will forget the troubles afterwards" (Portuguese: "relaxa e goza porque você vai esquecer dos transtornos."[2]). Her speech included a double entendre, as the word she used for "enjoy" can also refer to an orgasm.[3]

On October 3, 2010, Suplicy was elected for the Federal Senate of Brazil, becoming the top voted female Senator ever, receiving over 8.2 million votes.[4] She is also the first female ever elected Senator from São Paulo, the most populous state of Brazil.[5] She promised to fight for the approval of PLC 122, a bill criminalizing homophobia,[6] and also reintroduced the same-sex civil unions bill. The latter received its first victory in the Senate Human Rights Committee on May 24, 2012.


Suplicy has three sons, one of whom is the musician Supla. She was married to Eduardo Suplicy (PT), a Brazilian senator from the state of São Paulo, from 1965 to 2001. Later, she married Luis Favre, whom she also divorced after a relationship of nearly eight years. She currently dates Márcio Toledo, president of the Jockey Club of São Paulo.


Preceded by
Celso Pitta
Mayor of São Paulo
2001 – 2004
Succeeded by
José Serra