Gleisi Hoffmann

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Gleisi Hoffmann
Gleisi Helena Hoffmann
Federal Deputy for Paraná
Assumed office
1 February 2019
National President of the Workers' Party
Assumed office
3 June 2017
Preceded byRui Falcão
Senator for Paraná
In office
2 February 2014 – 1 February 2019
In office
1 February 2011 – 8 June 2011
Chief of Staff of the Presidency
In office
8 June 2011 – 2 February 2014
PresidentDilma Rousseff
Preceded byAntonio Palocci
Succeeded byAloízio Mercadante
Personal details
Born (1965-09-06) 6 September 1965 (age 53)
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Political partyWorkers' Party
Spouse(s)Paulo Bernardo

Gleisi Helena Hoffmann (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɡlejzɪ e̞ˈlẽnɐ] or [ˈɡlejzj ɛˈlẽnɐ ˈɦɔfmɐ̃]; born 6 September 1965) is a Brazilian lawyer and politician.[1] She was the Chief of Staff of Brazil from 8 June 2011 to 2 February 2014, during the presidency of Dilma Rousseff. Following her tenure as Chief of Staff, she became a Senator for Paraná and in 2017 became national president of the Workers' Party.


Gleisi Hoffmann began her involvement in politics in the student movement during her youth, becoming a Partido dos Trabalhadores' member in 1989.

Graduated in law in the Centro Universitário Curitiba (Faculdade de Direito de Curitiba). Gleisi is the wife of the ex-Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo. They have two children.

Known for her public management skills, Hoffmann has served as state secretary in Mato Grosso do Sul and as municipal secretary in the city of Londrina.

She was a member of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's presidential transition team in 2002, and served as the financial director at the hydroelectric dam Itaipu Binacional from 2003 to 2006.

She ran for the Federal Senate of Brazil in 2006 and for the office of mayor of Curitiba in 2008, losing both elections. At the time, she was the president of PT in the state of Paraná.

In October 2010, Hoffmann was elected to the Senate, receiving over 3.1 million votes, the most voted senator from the state of Paraná and the first woman to hold the office. After four months in office, she was appointed Chief of Staff,[2] the highest-ranking member of Brazil's Executive Office, by President Dilma Rousseff.[3]

Hoffmann was accused of receiving R$1.000.000,00 (Um milhão de reais) of Petrobras dirty money in her campaign to the Senate in 2010. In 2018, Hoffmann was absolved of corruption and money laundering by the Supreme Court.


  1. ^ "Conheça a trajetória política de Gleisi Hoffmann (political trajectory Gleisi Hoffmann)" (in Portuguese). 7 June 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  2. ^ Colitt, Raymond; Stuart Grudgings (8 June 2011). "Brazil's Rousseff tries to move on after aide quits". Reuters. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Gleisi diz que Dilma manifesta 'apreço' ao Congresso ao escolhê-la" (in Portuguese). 8 June 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
Political offices
Preceded by
Antonio Palocci
Chief of Staff of the Presidency
Succeeded by
Aloízio Mercadante
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rui Falcão
National President of the Workers' Party