Luiza Erundina

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Luiza Erundina
Luiza Erundina
Federal Deputy for São Paulo
Assumed office
1 February 1999
53rd Mayor of São Paulo
In office
1 January 1989 – 1 January 1993
Vice MayorLuiz Eduardo Greenhalgh
Preceded byJânio Quadros
Succeeded byPaulo Maluf
Minister of the Federal Administration
In office
28 February 1993 – 20 May 1993
PresidentItamar Franco
Preceded byOsiris de Azevedo Lopes Filho
Succeeded byRomildo Canhim
State Deputy of São Paulo
In office
1 February 1987 – 31 December 1988
Alderman of São Paulo
In office
1 February 1983 – 1 February 1986
Personal details
Born (1934-11-30) November 30, 1934 (age 84)
Uiraúna, Brazil
Political partyPT (1980–2005)
PSB (2005–2016)
PSOL (2016–present)
Alma materFederal University of Paraíba
ProfessionSocial worker

Luiza Erundina de Sousa (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈizɐ ɛrũˈdjinɐ dʒi ˈsowzɐ]; November 30, 1934) is a Brazilian politician, born in Uiraúna, a small city in the interior of the Brazilian state of Paraíba.

Political history[edit]

From 1980 to 1997 she was affiliated with the PT party (Workers’ Party). In 1997 she changed to the PSB party. Due to disagreements within PSB that decided to support the impeachment process against president Dilma Rousseff, Erundina switched to party PSOL in March 2016.[1]

Erundina served on the São Paulo city council from 1983–1987. From 1987–1988 she was a state deputy for the state of São Paulo. She was São Paulo's mayor from 1989 to 1992, and is currently a federal deputy from São Paulo. She was re-elected in 2002 and again in 2006, in 2010, in 2014 and in 2018.


Erundina was born to a very poor family. Notwithstanding with the obstacles, she managed to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Social Service from Federal University of Paraíba. She also holds a Master's degree in Sociology from University of São Paulo.


  1. ^ "Erundina se filia ao PSOL, critica Dilma, mas é contra impeachment". O Globo (in Portuguese). 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-04-28.

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Preceded by
Jânio Quadros
Mayor of São Paulo
Succeeded by
Paulo Maluf