Brazilian politician who is known for his association with the Party of Brazilian Social Democracy. He is recognized for having been Governor of Paraiba from January 2003 until February 2009 and is also known for his work as a Senator from Paraiba.
He graduated from the State University of Paraiba with his degree in law. He went on to begin his professional career in politics in 1986 when he was elected federal deputy by the state of Paraiba.
While completing his term of Mayor of Paraiba, he was appointed superintendent of the Northeast Development Superintendency which he help between 1992 and 1994.
He married Jacilene Alves de Azevedo and together they have three children.
After becoming the PSDB leader in the Federal Senate, he was one of the advocates for Dilma Rousseff's impeachment.