Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues

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His Excellency
Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues
Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues smiling at handshaking, Bratislava Informal Parliamentary Summit 2016-10-07.jpg
President of the Assembly of the Republic
Assumed office
23 October 2015
Preceded byAssunção Esteves
Secretary-General of the Socialist Party
In office
20 January 2002 – 24 September 2004
Preceded byAntónio Guterres
Succeeded byJosé Sócrates
Leader of the Opposition
In office
6 April 2002 – 24 September 2004
Prime MinisterJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byJosé Manuel Barroso
Succeeded byJosé Sócrates
Minister of Social Infrastructure
In office
10 March 2001 – 23 January 2002
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
Preceded byJorge Coelho
Succeeded byJosé Sócrates
Minister of Labour and Solidarity
In office
25 November 1997 – 10 March 2001
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
Preceded byMaria João Rodrigues
(Training and Employment)
Succeeded byPaulo Pedroso
Minister of Solidarity and Social Security
In office
28 October 1995 – 25 November 1997
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
Preceded byJosé Falcão e Cunha
(Employment and Social Security)
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
BornEduardo Luís Barreto Ferro Rodrigues
(1949-11-03) 3 November 1949 (age 69)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political partySocialist Party
Spouse(s)Maria Filomena Lopes Peixoto de Aguiar
ChildrenJoão Luís
Alma materSchool of Economics and Finance, Technical University of Lisbon

Eduardo Luís Barreto Ferro Rodrigues, GCL (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. ^ a b c "Cidadãos Nacionais Agraciados com Ordens Estrangeiras". Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Cidadãos Nacionais Agraciados com Ordens Portuguesas". Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
Party political offices
Preceded by
António Guterres
Secretary-General of the Socialist Party
Succeeded by
José Sócrates