Ciro Gomes

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Ciro Gomes
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
1 February 2007 – 31 December 2011
Constituency Ceará
Minister of National Integration
In office
1 January 2003 – 31 March 2006
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded by Luciano Barbosa
Succeeded by Pedro Brito
Minister of Finance
In office
6 September 1994 – 1 January 1995
President Itamar Franco
Preceded by Rubens Ricupero
Succeeded by Pedro Malan
52nd Governor of Ceará
In office
15 March 1991 – 6 September 1994
Vice Governor Lúcio Alcântara
Preceded by Tasso Jereissati
Succeeded by Francisco Aguiar
43rd Mayor of Fortaleza
In office
15 March 1989 – 2 April 1990
Preceded by Maria Luíza Fontenele
Succeeded by Juraci Magalhães
Member of a Legislative Assembly
In office
15 March 1983 – 15 March 1989
Constituency Ceará
Personal details
Born 6 November 1957
Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo
Political party PDS (1979–1983)
PMDB (1983–1988)
PSDB (1988–1996)
PPS (1996–2003)
PSB (2003–2013)
PROS (2013–2015)
PDT (2015-present)
Spouse(s) Patrícia Saboya (1983–1999)
Patrícia Pillar (1999–2012)
Alma mater Universidade Federal do Ceará
Profession Lawyer and Professor

Ciro Ferreira Gomes (born 6 November 1957, Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo) is a Brazilian lawyer and politician. He was a founding member of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), but left the party in 1996. He later moved to the Socialist People's Party (PPS) and ran as the PPS' presidential candidate in 1998 and 2002. In 1998 he came in third place and won 11% of the vote, and in 2002 he came in fourth place and won 12% of the vote.

He supported Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of the latter election, and was ultimately chosen to be the Minister for National Integration in Lula's new government. When the PPS' leadership voted to leave the governing coalition in December 2004, Gomes chose to remain in his post. As a result, the PPS removed him from the party leadership, and he decided to join the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB). In 2006 he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies with the highest percentage ever achieved by a single candidate in a proportional election - 16.7%.[citation needed]

Ciro Gomes became governor of the Brazilian northeastern state of Ceará in 1990, at the age of 32. The three and a half years he spent as governor coincided with important social reforms. He attracted much international investment, and Unicef praised him for cutting infant mortality by a third. He also famously built a water canal 71 miles long in only 90 days to Fortaleza, the capital, to prevent a water supply crisis.[citation needed]

In 1994 he briefly served as finance minister at a crucial time when the Real Plan was underway as an economic stabilization program. His performance helped Fernando Henrique Cardoso win the election, but he broke with the Cardoso government in 1997.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

His second wife was actress Patrícia Pillar (from 1999–2012).[citation needed]He has three brothers and one sister, the civil engineers and politicians Cid Gomes and Lucio Gomes, Ivo Gomes who is also a lawyer and politician and his sister, the doctor and also politician Lia Ferreira Gomes.

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