Hugo de los Reyes Chávez

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Hugo de los Reyes
Governor of Barinas
In office
Preceded by Rafael Rosales Peña
Succeeded by Adán Chávez
Personal details
Born Hugo de los Reyes Chávez
(1933-01-06) January 6, 1933 (age 84)
Political party COPEI, Fifth Republic Movement, United Socialist Party of Venezuela
Relations Hugo Chávez son
Adán Chávez son
Aníbal José Chávez Frías son
Rosa Inés de Chávez mother

Hugo de los Reyes Chávez (born January 6, 1933) is a Venezuelan state politician and the father of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez (1954 - 2013).

Early life[edit]

Chávez was born in 1933 to José Rafael Saavedra and Rosa Inés Chávez. He has a brother Marcos Chávez.

Political career[edit]

Chávez was a regional director of education and subsequently rose to prominence as a member of the Social Christian Party COPEI. He was Governor of Barinas from 1998 to 2008. He is best known as the father of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez; he is also the father of Adán Chávez, who succeeded him as Barinas Governor, and the Mayor of Sabaneta, Barinas, Anibal José Chávez Frías.

Barinas State Governor Election, 2004 Results
Source: CNE data
Candidates Votes  %
Hugo de los Reyes Chavez 135674 76%
Andres Eloy Camejo 24651 14%


The Chávez family is descended from the mestizos (primarily indigenous Amerindian) and mulattos (African and Spanish) that live in central Venezuela's vast and verdant llanos, home to a rural cattle ranching culture famed as restive and fiercely independent.

Chávez and his wife, Elena Frías de Chávez, started their careers as local schoolteachers. He dropped out of school after completing the sixth grade, later qualifying to teach.