Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues

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His Excellency
Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues
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President of the Assembly of the Republic
Assumed office
23 October 2015
Preceded by Assunção Esteves
Secretary-General of the Socialist Party
In office
20 January 2002 – 24 September 2004
President António de Almeida Santos
Preceded by António Guterres
Succeeded by José Sócrates
Personal details
Born Eduardo Luís Barreto Ferro Rodrigues
(1949-11-03) 3 November 1949 (age 67)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Maria Filomena Lopes Peixoto de Aguiar
Children João Luís
Alma mater School of Economics and Finance, Technical University of Lisbon

Eduardo Luís Barreto Ferro Rodrigues (born 3 November 1949) is a Portuguese politician and economist who has been President of the Assembly of the Republic since 2015. He was Minister for Social Security, and later Minister for Public Works, in the governments of António Guterres.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Lisbon, he obtained the degree of licenciado in economics at what today is the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG) of Lisbon University, and is a lecturer in economics at ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon.

Political career[edit]

In 2002, Ferro Rodrogues was elected Secretary-General of the Portuguese Socialist Party, a position he retained for two years.[2] He resigned on 9 July 2004, immediately after President Jorge Sampaio announced a decision not to hold early elections when Prime Minister José Manuel Barroso stepped down from office in order to be appointed President of the European Commission.[3] Shortly after, Rodrigues was appointed as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD.[1]

Following the October 2015 parliamentary election, he was elected as President of the Assembly of the Republic on 23 October 2015 with the support of the Socialists, the Communists and the Left Bloc. Ferro received 120 votes against 108 votes for the candidate of the centre-right government.[4]


Married to Maria Filomena Lopes Peixoto de Aguiar, he has two children, João Luís de Aguilar Ferro Rodrigues and a daughter, television presenter Rita Ferro Rodrigues.



  1. ^ a b "Portugal: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Archived from the original on 11 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Freire, André; Lobo, Marina Costa; Magalhães, Pedro (2007-04-28). Portugal at the polls: in 2002. Lexington Books. pp. 127–128. ISBN 978-0-7391-1563-3. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Stuart, Paul (21 July 2004). "Portugal's Prime Minister Barroso nominated as European Commission president". World Socialist Web Site. Archived from the original on 11 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Portugal parliament elects Socialist speaker with support of left", Reuters, 23 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Cidadãos Nacionais Agraciados com Ordens Estrangeiras". Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
António Guterres
Secretary-General of the Socialist Party
Succeeded by
José Sócrates