Dilma Rousseff Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.


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 Carlos 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.
    Rousseff democratized Brazil's electricity sector through the "Luz Para Todos" (Light for All) program, which made electricity widely available, even in rural areas.


    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.
    2003-2010 - Serves as chair of Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil company.
    June 2005-March 2010 - Lula da Silva's chief of staff.
    April 2009 - Is diagnosed with stage one lymphoma and begins treatment. By September, she is declared 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 20 transportation employees.
    September 24, 2013 - In a speech before the UN General Assembly, Rousseff speaks about allegations that the US National Security Agency has spied on her. "Tampering in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and, as such, it is an affront to the principles that should otherwise govern relations among countries, especially among friendly nations."
    2014 - Executives at Petrobras are accused of illegally "diverting" billions from the company's accounts for their personal use or to pay off officials. Rousseff served as chair of Petrobras during many of the years when the alleged corruption took place. She denies any knowledge of the corruption.
    October 26, 2014 - Is reelected president. With more than 99% of votes counted, Rousseff wins 51.59% of the vote while opposition candidate Aecio Neves garners 48.41%.