Adán Chávez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Chávez and the second or maternal family name is Frías.
Adán Chávez Frías
Adán Chávez en 2012.jpg
Governor of Barinas
Assumed office
Preceded by Hugo Chávez
Minister of Education
In office
Preceded by Aristóbulo Istúriz
Succeeded by Héctor Navarro
Personal details
Born (1953-04-11) April 11, 1953 (age 63)
Sabaneta, Barinas, Venezuela
Political party United Socialist Party of Venezuela
Relations Hugo de los Reyes Chávez (father)
Elena Frías de Chávez (mother)
Hugo Chávez (brother)

Adán Chávez Frías (born April 11, 1953) is Venezuelan politician who has been Governor of Barinas state since 2008. Previously he was Ambassador to Cuba and then Minister of Education from 2007 to 2008. He is the elder brother of Hugo Chávez, who was President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013, and of the Mayor of Sabaneta, Barinas, Anibal José Chávez Frías. He has been described as an ultra-leftist.[1]

Adán studied at the University of the Andes. He was involved with pro-guerrilla groups before Hugo.[2] After Hugo was elected as President, he appointed Adán as Ambassador to Cuba. In August 2006, Adán became Presidential Secretary, replacing Delcy Rodríguez, who reportedly disagreed with Hugo Chávez during his international tour. The Charlotte Observer reported that the author of several books on Chávez, Alberto Garrido, argued: "A much more hard-line phase [of Chávez rule] is beginning and Chávez needs a reliable and radical team around him." In January 2007, Hugo appointed Adán as Minister of Education.[3] In 2008, he was elected as Governor of Barinas as the United Socialist Party of Venezuela candidate, replacing his father Hugo de los Reyes Chávez.[4]


  1. ^ "Venezuela's presidency: Brotherly love in the Bolivarian Republic". The Economist. REUTERS. January 12, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gunson, Phil, Chávez: Castro sent me a note. The Charlotte Observer (11 August 2006).
  3. ^ Gregory Wilpert, "Chavez Swears-In New Cabinet for “Venezuelan Path to Socialism”",, January 8, 2007.
  4. ^ "Hugo Chavez's brother among ruling party nominees in Venezuela", Associated Press, June 2, 2008.

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Preceded by
Hugo de los Reyes Chávez
Governor of Barinas
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Aristóbulo Istúriz
Minister of Education of Venezuela
Succeeded by
Hector Navarro