Dilma Rousseff - Fast Facts
Here's a look at the life of Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff.
Personal: Birth date: December 14, 1947
Birth place: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Birth name: Dilma Vana Rousseff
Father: Pedro Rousseff, construction entrepreneur
Mother: Dilma Jane (da Silva) Rousseff, teacher
Marriages: Carlos Araujo (1973 - 2000, divorced); Claudio Galeno Linhares (1968 - early 1970s, divorced)
Children: with Araujo: Paula, 1976
Education: Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, B.A. Economics, 1977
Other Facts: Prior to running for president, she had never run for an elected office.
Joined the resistance movement against the military dictatorship and was jailed and allegedly tortured in the early 1970s.
She democratized Brazil's electricity sector through the "Luz Para Todos" (Light for All) program, which made electricity widely available, even in rural areas.
Timeline: 1986 - First public office position, finance secretary for the city of Porto Alegre
2003 - Is named minister of mines and energy by President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva.
June 2005-March 2010 - Lula da Silva's chief of staff.
April-September 2009 - Is diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma and receives treatment. By September, she is cancer free.
October 31, 2010 - Wins a run-off election to become Brazil's first female president.
September 21, 2011 - Becomes the first female leader to kick off the annual United Nations General Assembly debates.
December 2011 - Allegations of corruption are the basis of her dismissal of six Cabinet ministers in her first year in office. Between June and December her chief-of-staff, ministers of tourism, agriculture, transportation, sports and labor resign along with twenty transportation employees.
January 1, 2011 - present - President of Brazil.