Garibaldi Alves Filho

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Garibaldi Alves Filho
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Assumed office
1 February 2013
In office
1 February 1991 – 1 February 1995
Minister of Social Security
In office
1 January 2011 – 1 January 2015
President Dilma Rousseff
Preceded by Carlos Eduardo Gabas
Succeeded by Carlos Eduardo Gabas
President of the Federal Senate
In office
16 April 2015 – 28 March 2016
Preceded by Tião Viana (acting)
Succeeded by José Sarney
52nd Governor of Rio Grande do Norte
In office
1 January 1995 – 5 April 2003
Vice Governor Fernando Freire
Preceded by Vivaldo Costa
Succeeded by Fernando Freire
35th Mayor of Natal
In office
1 January 1986 – 1 January 1989
Preceded by Marcos César Formiga
Succeeded by Wilma de Faria
State Deputy
In office
1 February 1971 – 1 January 1986
Constituency Rio Grande do Norte
Personal details
Born (1947-02-04) 4 February 1947 (age 70)
Natal, RN, Brazil
Political party MDB (1970–1982)
PMDB (1982–present)
Spouse(s) Denise Pereira Alves
Occupation Journalist, Politician

Garibaldi Alves Filho (born 4 February 1947) is a Brazilian politician and former President of the Federal Senate.

Filho was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. Prior to his appointment as President of the Senate, he served as a deputy to the Rio Grande do Norte Legislative Assembly for four legislative sessions (1971–1985), mayor of Natal (1986–1989), and governor of Rio Grande do Norte for two successive periods (1995–2002). One of the main focuses of his governorship was water resources: he succeeded in providing an estimated 1 million people with a clean water supply and in reducing infant mortality by almost 60%.

He is a member of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), prior to which he belonged to its predecessor, the MDB. His current Senate term (his second, having previously been elected for the 1991–98 period) runs until 2011. He was elected President of the Senate on 12 December 2007, with 68 votes for, eight against, and two abstentions.

Garibaldi Alves Filho served the Minister of Social Welfare from 2011-2015.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Eduardo Gabas
Minister of Social Security
Succeeded by
Carlos Eduardo Gabas
Preceded by
Tião Viana (acting)
President of the Federal Senate
Succeeded by
José Sarney
Preceded by
Vivaldo Costa
Governor of Rio Grande do Norte
Succeeded by
Fernando Freire
Preceded by
Marcos César Formiga
Mayor of Natal
Succeeded by
Wilma de Faria