Rodrigo Maia

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Rodrigo Maia
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President of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
14 July 2016
Preceded byWaldir Maranhão (Acting)
National President of the Democrats
In office
26 March 2007 – 6 December 2011
Preceded byJorge Bornhausen
Succeeded byJosé Agripino Maia
Federal Deputy for Rio de Janeiro
Assumed office
1 February 1999
Personal details
Rodrigo Felinto Ibarra Epitácio Maia

(1970-06-12) 12 June 1970 (age 49)
Santiago, Chile
Political partyPFL (1996–2007)
DEM (2007–present)
Patrícia Vasconcelos (m. 2007)
ParentsCesar Maia
Mariangeles Ibarra

Rodrigo Felinto Ibarra Epitácio Maia (born 12 June 1970) is a Brazilian politician who has been the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil since July 2016.[1] Maia is the son of former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Cesar Maia and he is in his fifth term as congressman.[2]


Rodrigo Maia was born in Chile, while his father, the former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Cesar Maia was living in exile, and was registered at the Brazilian consulate in Santiago.[3] Maia started economics at Candido Mendes University, but did not complete the course.

In 1990, before starting a career in politics, he worked for Banco BMG and then Banco Icatu [pt]. From 1997 to 1998, Maia was Municipal Secretary of the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro.[4]

In April 2012, he won the title of citizen of the State of Rio de Janeiro.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Patrícia Vasconcelos since 2005.[3] Maia is the father of four children.

Operation Car Wash[edit]

Rodrigo Maia's name appears in Operation Car Wash. According to an article in Brazilian weekly magazine Epoca, he exchanged text messages with contractor Léo Pinheiro, from Grupo OAS regarding electoral donations.[3][6] On 8 February 2017, in a news report by Jornal Nacional, the Federal Police finalised its investigations and concluded that there were signs of passive corruption and money laundering. This investigation began with the text message exchange between Leo Pinheiro and Maia himself. He is accused of providing "political favors" and defending OAS interests in Congress in 2013 and 2014. According to the Federal Police, Maia helped OAS by introducing an amendment to the provisional measure that created rules for regional aviation. Investigators believe that Maia asked the contractor for $1 million reais in electoral donations in 2014 (this money was officially given to Cesar Maia, Rodrigo Maia's father, campaign) and that this transfer was an attempt to hide the real origin of the money. Maia has denied any involvement. Given Maia's privileged forum as a congressman, the decision to open investigations against him will be the responsibility of the Federal Public Prosecutor's office.[7][8] In August 2019, Brazil’s Federal Police have found evidence of corruption and money laundering related to Rodrigo Maia. The federal police have sent a final probe report to the supreme court.[9]


  1. ^ "Brazil's Temer ally is new lower house speaker, eyes reforms". Reuters. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Deputado RODRIGO MAIA - Camara dos Deputados". Camara dos Deputados. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Ter nascido no Chile quase atrapalha Rodrigo Maia". Epoca. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Com viagem de Temer, Rodrigo Maia assume". DW.COM. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  5. ^ "PROJETO DE RESOLUÇÃO Nº 679/2012". Assembleia Legislativa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Rodrigo Maia é eleito novo presidente da Câmara". Carta Capital. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Policia Federal conclui inquerito sobre Rodrigo Maia e aponta indicios de corrupcao". Congresso em Foco. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  8. ^ "PF conclui inquerido sobre Rodrigo Maia e ve indicios de corrupcao; deputado nega". G1. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Brazil police say found evidence of corruption related to speaker Maia". Reuters. 2019-08-26. Retrieved 2019-08-27.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Jorge Bornhausen
National President of the Democrats
Succeeded by
José Agripino Maia
Political offices
Preceded by
Waldir Maranhão (interim)
President of the Chamber of Deputies
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Hamilton Mourão
as Vice President of Brazil
Brazilian presidential line of succession
2nd in line
as President of the Chamber of Deputies
Followed by
Davi Alcolumbre
as President of the Federal Senate
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Davi Alcolumbre
as President of the Federal Senate
Brazilian order of precedence
4th in line
as President of the Chamber of Deputies
Followed by
Dias Toffoli
as President of the Supreme Federal Court