Mário Covas

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Mário Covas
Mário Covas em 1999.jpg
30th Governor of São Paulo
In office
1 January 1995 – 6 March 2001
Leave: 22 January 2001 – 6 March 2001
Vice GovernorGeraldo Alckmin
Preceded byLuiz Antônio Fleury
Succeeded byGeraldo Alckmin
Senator for São Paulo
In office
1 February 1987 – 1 January 1995
35th Mayor of São Paulo
In office
11 May 1983 – 1 January 1986
Preceded byFrancisco Altino Lima
Succeeded byJânio Quadros
Federal Deputy for São Paulo
In office
1 February 1983 – 11 May 1983
In office
1 February 1963 – 16 January 1969
Personal details
Born21 April 1930
Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
Died6 March 2001(2001-03-06) (aged 70)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Cause of deathBladder cancer
Political partyPSDB
Lila Almeida
(m. 1954; his death 2001)
Alma materUniversity of São Paulo

Mário Covas Almeida Júnior (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaɾju ˈkɔvɐz ˈʒunjoɾ] or [ˈkɔvɐˈʒːunjoʁ]; 21 April 1930 – 6 March 2001) was a Brazilian politician.

Covas studied engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo. He entered politics in his native city of Santos, in the state of São Paulo.

He was elected federal representative, mayor of São Paulo City (1983–1985), senator and twice Governor of the state of São Paulo (1994–1998 and 1998–2001). He was a founder and member of PMDB (Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement) and later PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party). In 1989, he was the PSDB presidential candidate, receiving 11% of the votes. In the run-off of that election, he supported, like his party, Luís Inácio Lula da Silva.

He took a medical leave of absence on 22 January 2001, due to bladder cancer found during an operation to remove a prostate tumor.[1] He died later the same year. His successor was his deputy, Geraldo Alckmin.

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  1. ^ Fuhrmann, Leonardo (2000-10-19). "Covas está com câncer, confirma equipe médica". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
Party political offices
Preceded by
PSDB Party presidential candidate
1989 (lost)
Succeeded by
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Political offices
Preceded by
Luiz Antônio Fleury Filho
Governor of São Paulo
Succeeded by
Geraldo Alckmin
Preceded by
Francisco Altino Lima
Mayor of São Paulo
Succeeded by
Jânio Quadros