Renan Calheiros

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Renan Calheiros
Foto oficial de Renan Calheiros (v. AgSen).jpg
President of the Federal Senate
In office
1 February 2013 – 1 February 2017
Preceded byJosé Sarney
Succeeded byEunício Oliveira
In office
14 February 2005 – 4 December 2007
Preceded byJosé Sarney
Succeeded byTião Viana (interim)
Senator for Alagoas
Assumed office
1 February 1995
Preceded byDivaldo Suruagy
Minister of Justice
In office
7 April 1998 – 1 July 1999
PresidentFernando Henrique Cardoso
Preceded byIris Rezende
Succeeded byJosé Carlos Dias
Federal Deputy for Alagoas
In office
1 February 1983 – 1 February 1991
State Deputy of Alagoas
In office
1 February 1979 – 1 February 1983
Personal details
Born (1955-09-16) 16 September 1955 (age 66)
Murici, Alagoas, Brazil
Political partyMDB (since 1979)
Maria Verônica Rodrigues
(m. 1973)
Domestic partnerMônica Veloso[a] (2003–2007)
  • Olavo Calheiros Novais (father)
  • Ivanilda Vasconcelos Calheiros (mother)
Alma materFederal University of Alagoas (UFAL)

José Renan Vasconcelos Calheiros (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁeˈnɐ̃ kaˈʎejɾus]; born 16 September 1955) is a Brazilian politician and former President of the Senate of Brazil. He has represented the state of Alagoas in the senate as a member of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party since 1 February 1995. Renan's presidency of the Brazilian Senate, a term that started 1 February 2013, was revoked on 5 December 2016 by a minister of the Brazilian Supreme Court, Marco Aurélio Mello, who said that a person under investigation could not be in the line of succession for the presidency. However the Supreme Court decided 7 December 2016 that Renan could remain senate president, without being in the succession.

Calheiros meets with then-President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto Palace in June 2015.

On 25 May 2007, Veja magazine accused Calheiros of accepting funds from a construction industry lobbyist,[2] to pay child support for a child from a previous extramarital affair with broadcast journalist Mônica Veloso. In trying to justify the origin of the funds, subsequent investigations into Calheiros' business dealings led to other revelations of income tax fraud and the use of a proxy to buy a stake in a radio station. Calheiros was subject to a disciplinary inquiry by the senate's ethics committee on four different counts. On 12 September 2007, the senate voted by secret ballot against impeaching Calheiros on the lobbyist funds accusation. He still faces[when?] three separate inquiries on other charges.[3] After the vote public outrage forced congress to eliminate secret ballot voting for ethics violations, meaning Calheiros' three other inquiries, if approved by the ethics committee, will be subject to an open ballot vote in the senate floor.[4]

On 11 October 2007, Calheiros stepped down as president of the senate, taking a 45-day leave of absence from the position. The ethics inquiries continued to progress through the senate committees.[5]

Calheiros worked for both the Fernando Collor de Mello and Fernando Henrique Cardoso governments.[6]

On 1 February 2013, he was again elected president of the Brazilian Senate.[7] Due to the accusations mentioned above, many Brazilians became upset about his election and some started an online petition demanding Renan's impeachment.[8] As of February 2013, it had been signed by more than 1.6 million Brazilians.[8]

The Senate board (João Alberto, Sérgio Petecão, Zezé Perrella, Romero Jucá, Gladson Cameli, Vicentinho Alves) together with Renan Calheiros refused to obey an order from the Supreme Federal Court (Federal Supreme Court) to remove Calheiros from the presidency because he became defendant of embezzlement (peculation in the penal code). The Senate maneuvered so that the justice official could not handle the judicial notice and Calheiros refused to sign it.[9]


  1. ^ Extramarital relationship.[1]


  1. ^ "Mônica Veloso diz que amou Renan demais e que hoje é o terror de Brasília" (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. 24 June 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ Romero, Simon (25 November 2016). "Brazil's President, Michel Temer, Embroiled in New Corruption Scandal". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  3. ^ Veja a cronologia do caso Renan Calheiros. Folha de S. Paulo. 26 September 2007. Retrieved on 7 October 2007.
  4. ^ Guerreiro, Gabriela. Senado aprova fim das sessões secretas para processos de cassação. Folha de S. Paulo. 26 September 2007. Retrieved on 7 October 2007.
  5. ^ Brazil Senate head steps down for now amid probe. Reuters. 11 October 2007. Retrieved on 12 October 2007.
  6. ^ A guerra eleitoral e o mercado na Internet Archived 15 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Campanerut, Camila; Calgaro, Fernanda (1 February 2013). "Denunciado ao STF, Renan Calheiros volta à presidência do Senado". UOL Notícias (in Portuguese). Brasília: Grupo Folha. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Unstoppable?". The Economist. São Paulo: Economist Group. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Mesa do Senado se recusa a cumprir ordem que afasta Renan". Retrieved 9 December 2016 – via

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jose de Jesus Filho
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
José Carlos Dias
Preceded by President of the Federal Senate
2005–2007; 2013–2017
Succeeded by
Succeeded by