Marta Suplicy

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Her Excellency
Marta Suplicy
Photo of Minister Marta Suplicy
Senator from São Paulo
Assumed office
1 February 2011
Serving with Aloysio Nunes, José Serra
Preceded by Romeu Tuma
15th Minister of Culture
In office
13 September 2012 – 11 November 2014
President Dilma Rousseff
Preceded by Ana de Hollanda
Succeeded by Ana Cristina Wanzeler
11th Minister of Tourism
In office
23 March 2007 – 3 June 2008
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded by Walfrido dos Mares Guia
Succeeded by Luis Barreto Filho
58th Mayor of São Paulo
In office
1 January 2001 – 1 January 2005
Preceded by Celso Pitta
Succeeded by José Serra
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
1 February 1995 – 1 February 1999
Constituency São Paulo
Personal details
Born Marta Teresa Smith de Vasconcelos
(1945-03-18) 18 March 1945 (age 72)
São Paulo, Brazil
Political party Workers' Party (1981–2015)
Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (2015–present)
Alma mater Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
University of Stanford
Religion Roman Catholicism

Marta Teresa Smith de Vasconcelos Suplicy (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaʁtɐ supliˈsi]; born March 18, 1945) is a Brazilian politician and psychologist. She was Mayor of São Paulo from 2001 to 2004. She later served as the Brazilian Minister of Tourism between March 14, 2007 and June 4, 2008, when she resigned to run again for mayor of São Paulo. In 2015, she left the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT).


Marta Suplicy attended Michigan State University (1966–68), and Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (1969–75); she did graduate work at Stanford University (1973). Suplicy started her career as a TV anchorwoman, providing sex advice on a popular show named TV Mulher (Woman TV), broadcast by Rede Globo. While serving as Congresswoman she proposed a gay civil unions act. After running for governor of São Paulo and losing to Mário Covas of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) in 1998, she was elected mayor of the state capital, São Paulo, in 2000.

Her administration of the city is marked by the changes she made to the city's bus system, creating a ticket that is valid for a period of two hours, called bilhete único. In the public educational system she created large schools and cultural centers, called "CEU", which were built in the poorest districts of the city. Towards the end of her administration, she began the construction of several underpasses which alleviated traffic in certain points of the city. She also increased many existing municipal taxes as well as creating new ones. In 2004 she ran for a second term, but was unseated by former PSDB presidential candidate José Serra.

On March 14, 2007, Suplicy accepted the Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's invitation to become the new Minister of Tourism.[1] Later that same year, on June 13, 2007, when interviewed about the 2006–2007 Brazilian aviation crisis, Suplicy suggested that users of the Congonhas Airport in São Paulo who suffered long delays while heading for vacation should "relax and enjoy because they will forget the troubles afterwards" (Portuguese: "relaxa e goza porque você vai esquecer dos transtornos."[2]). Her speech included a double entendre, as the word she used for "enjoy" can also refer to an orgasm.[3]

On October 3, 2010, Suplicy was elected for the Federal Senate of Brazil, becoming the top voted female Senator ever, receiving over 8.2 million votes.[4] She is also the first female ever elected Senator from São Paulo, the most populous state of Brazil.[5] She promised to fight for the approval of PLC 122, a bill criminalizing homophobia,[6] and also reintroduced the same-sex civil unions bill. The latter received its first victory in the Senate Human Rights Committee on May 24, 2012.

In 2016, after leaving the PT and joining the PMDB, Suplicy vigorously supported the impeachment, led by Vice President Michel Temer and President of Congress and Eduardo Cunha, against president Dilma Rousseff of her former political party. This social disgrace was so grand that is saw her own son, Supla proclaim: "Minha mãe é golpista, meu pai é petista e eu sou anarquista. Momentos políticos difíceis, né" My mother is a coup-plotter, my father a member of the PT, I am an anarchist. difficult times, aye?"


Suplicy has three sons, one of whom is the musician Supla. She was married to Eduardo Suplicy (PT), a Brazilian senator from the state of São Paulo, from 1965 to 2001. Later, she married Luis Favre, whom she also divorced after a relationship of nearly eight years. She currently dates Márcio Toledo, president of the Jockey Club of São Paulo.


  1. ^ Matais, Andreza (March 14, 2007), Marta aceita ocupar Ministério do Turismo, Folha de S.Paulo 
  2. ^ Pariz, Tiago.Marta sobre a crise aérea: 'relaxa e goza'. June 13, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Glüsing, Jens. "200 Feared Dead in Sao Paulo Crash." Spiegel Online. July 18, 2007. Retrieved on January 31, 2009.
  4. ^ "Aloysio Nunes é o senador mais votado do Brasil" (in Portuguese). Jornal do Brasil. 4 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Pichonelli, Matheus (3 October 2010). "Com Marta, São Paulo elege pela primeira vez uma mulher senadora" (in Portuguese). iG São Paulo. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lei anti-homofobia será arquivada no Senado: entenda o motivo". UOL. Mix Brasil. Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. 
Preceded by
Celso Pitta
Mayor of São Paulo
2001 – 2004
Succeeded by
José Serra