Bruno Covas Lopes (born 7 April 1980 in Santos), most commonly known as Bruno Covas, is a Brazilian lawyer, economist and politician, member of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and is the current Mayor of São Paulo. He is the grandson of former Governor of São Paulo Mário Covas, and had previously served as State Secretary of Environment of São Paulo and president of Youth of PSDB.
In 2015, was sub-rapporteur of the Mixed Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry of Petrobras (CPMI da Petrobras) and member of the Special Committee of Criminal Majority.
On October 2016, Bruno Covas was elected vice-mayor of São Paulo, along with João Doria. On early April 2018, Covas took office as Mayor after the resignation of João Doria, who ran for Governor of the surrounding larger State of São Paulo.
Origins and graduation
Grandson of former governor of São Paulo, Mário Covas, Covas since a child was connected to politics. Studied in Carmo and Lusíadas schools in Santos. In 1995, when went to study in São Paulo, in the Bandeirantes School, had the opportunity to live with his grandfather. Is graduated in Law by the University of São Paulo (USP) and in Economy by the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP).
Joined PSDB in 1998 and, in the next year, was elected 1st Secretary of the Youth of the party. In 2003, was elected State President was also National President of the Youth of the PSDB in 2007, in office until 2011.
His career started in 2004, when he ran for vice-mayor of Santos along with Raul Christiano for the PSDB.
In 2005 and 2006, was an advisor of the leadership of Geraldo Alckmin's government in the Legislative Assembly.
In 2006, was a candidate for State Deputy, being elected with 122,312 votes, one of the highest in that election.
In 2010, was reelected State Deputy, now being the most voted in the State with 239,150 votes, being more than 131,000 only in the capital. Bruno Covas was appointed by Geraldo Alckmin to take office as Secretary of Environment in 2011, occasion that made him withdraw the office as State Deputy.
Elected State Deputy in 2006 with 122,312 votes, was considered by Movement Aware Vote the most active deputy of the 16th Legislature (2007/2010).
Was president of the Committee of Finances and Budget of the first biennium (2007/2008) and rapporteur of the State Budget for two consecutive years (2009–2010).
Was also part of the Committees of Human Rights and Defense of Consumer Rights and was president of the Parliamentary Front of the Luso-Brazilian Community and Coordinator of the Front DST-Aids.
Covas was rapporteur of more than 180 bills, such as the Nota Fiscal Paulista, that decrease the tax burden and gives back taxes directly to the citizen, and was president of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry (CPI) of ECAD (Central Office of Collection and Distribution), rapporteur of the CPI of CDHU (Urban and Housing Development Company) and member of the CPI of BANCOOP (Housing Cooperative of Bank Officers of São Paulo).
State Secretary of Environment
In 2011, took office the Secretary of Environment of the new government of Geraldo Alckmin.
Was elected federal deputy in 2014 for the 55th Legislature (2015-2019). Voted "Yes" for the opening of the process of impeachment of Dilma Rousseff. While in the government of President Michel Temer, voted "Yes" for the Bill of the "Ceiling" of Public Spendings.
Covas was elected vice-mayor of São Paulo in the first round, along with candidate to mayor João Doria.