Corporative Chamber

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São Bento Palace, seat of the Corporative Chamber, and now of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal.

The Corporative Chamber (Portuguese: Câmara Corporativa) was one of the two parliamentary chambers established under the Portuguese Constitution of 1933, the other being the National Assembly. Unlike the directly elected National Assembly, it had a purely consultative, rather than legislative role.

The creation of the Corporative Chamber was part of corporatist philosophy advocated by Salazar and adopted by the Estado Novo. Its function was to represent the various economic, cultural, social, and other corporations.

The Corporative Chamber met in the former Senate chamber of the São Bento Palace. It was composed of members elected by the various types of Portuguese corporations, including:

  • Provinces and Municipalities;
  • Universities and Schools;
  • Trade Unions;
  • Economic Organizations and Employers;
  • Social Welfare Organizations.


No. Portrait Name
Term of Office Party
1 No image.png Eduardo Augusto Marques 1935 1944 National Union
2 No image.png Domingos Fezas Vital 1944 1946 National Union
3 No image.png José Gabriel Pinto Coelho 1946 1949 National Union
4 Marcello caetano.jpg Marcelo Caetano
1949 1955 National Union
5 No image.png João Pinto da Costa Leite 1955 1957 National Union
6 No image.png Luís Supico Pinto 1957 1973 National Union
from 1970
People's National Action
7 No image.png Mário Júlio de Almeida Costa 1973 1974 People's National Action

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