Luiza Erundina

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Luiza Erundina
Luiza Erundina
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
1 February 1999
Constituency São Paulo
53rd Mayor of São Paulo
In office
1 January 1989 – 31 December 1992
Vice Mayor Luiz Eduardo Greenhalgh
Preceded by Jânio Quadros
Succeeded by Paulo Maluf
Chief-Minister of Secretary of Federal Administration
In office
28 February 1993 – 20 May 1993
President Itamar Franco
Preceded by Osiris de Azevedo Lopes Filho
Succeeded by Romildo Canhim
State Deputy
In office
15 March 1987 – 31 December 1988
In office
15 March 1983 – 15 March 1986
Personal details
Born (1934-11-30) November 30, 1934 (age 82)
Uiraúna, Brazil
Political party PT (1980–1997)
PSB (1997–2016)
PSOL (2016–present)
Alma mater Federal University of Paraíba
Profession Politician
Social assistant
Religion Roman Catholicism

Luiza Erundina de Sousa (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈizɐ ɛrũˈdjinɐ]; 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 and 2010.


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