João Paulo Rodrigues
João Paulo Rodrigues
|7th President of the Andorinhões
September 20, 2019
|Cristóvão de Carvalho
|July 28, 1972
Porto Alegre, Santa Ana
|We Andorinheans Party
|Clara-Maria Padron (m.1998)
João Paulo Rodrigues OA (born 28 July 1972) is an Andorinhean politician and economist serving as the 7th and current President of the Andorinhões, since 20 September 2019. He is the first President affiliated with the We Andorinheans political party.
Rodrigues was born in 1972 in Porto Alegre on Santa Ana island. Rodrigues attended the College of Porto Alegre, graduated from the University of Colheitas in 1992 with a Bachelor of Economics in applied economics, then in 1996 acquired a Master of Public Administration from Maurício de Corvos University.
After graduating he started is career in the banking sector. He worked as an asset manager for the private Bank of São João. He was appointed Administrative Director of the Bank of the Andorinhões from 2007 to 2013. After resigning from his position in the Bank of the Andorinhões he was invited to teach at the State University of the Andorinhões.
Before the start of the 2019 Andorinhean legislative election, many considered Rodrigues to be a front runner to be nominated as a Presidential choice. After rumours of initial talks with the Democratic Alternative party, it was announced on 29 July that he would be the choice of the We Andorinheans Party. Rodrigues assumed a leadership role within the party for the 2019 campaign alongside Alícia da Palma, who was then the parliamentary leader of the party in the National Assembly. Rodrigues brought some legitimacy to the We Andorinheans Party and placed the party as a strong contender to become the governing political party in the Andorinhões. Many experts believe that his announcement to run with the We Andorinheans Party boosted the momentum the party and allowed them to form the government.
President of the Andorinhões
After the victory of the We Andorinheans Party, Rodrigues was officially appointed as President on 20 September 2019.
As President, Rodrigues decided to have a more hands-on approach on the legislative agenda, distancing from an exclusive administrative role for the presidency. He has invited many Deputies to assist to meetings of the Council of Ministers in an effort to gain support for the bills presented by the Government. This approach has been criticized by some people, especially aligned with the traditionalist and constitutionalist movements in the Andorinhões, who prioritize a clear separation of powers and a strict administrative role for the Government.
In 1998, Rodrigues married Clara-Maria Padron, a municipal councillor. The couple has no children.