Jair Bolsonaro Fast Facts
Jair Bolsonaro’s political life has already been very eventful. He started his career in the military and the current President has been in the Army since he was 20 and has been a leader of the Army’s National Security School in Campinas, São Paulo. For the first two years after graduation, he worked as a bodyguard for a few politicians and later, after attending a political training course in Brasília, he decided to enter politics. He then entered the State of São Paulo, where he was a local deputy for two years. While in São Paulo, he founded the Acentejo (Centre) Party and served as the party’s candidate for governor of the state.
Bolsonaro made his first run for the National Assembly of Brazil in 2011 and he was reelected at the same year when he defeated the incumbent center-right leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for the State of Sampa in Brasília. Bolsonaro was elected president in 2018 and his second term began on May 10, 2019 when he was sworn in as the new President of the Republic.
Bolsonaro grew up in the small city of Bauru where his parents lived. He has a brother, Gabriel, and a sister, Fernanda. He attended primary school in the town until first grade, when he moved to Bauru with his family. His mother worked as a teacher at a school in Bauru and his father was a businessman. During school, he was inspired by his father’s work as a businessman. After leaving his primary school, he attended high school in the city of Belo Horizonte until grade 10. There, he was already studying at the high school to earn a bachelors in accounting. A year in advance, he continued his studies, graduating first in Brazil with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, followed by a master’s degree in accounting, as well as a bachelors in management accounting.
In 2013, Bolsonaro started to study business administration at the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) in the city of Goiânia where he earned a master’s degree in the field. The following year, he moved to Rio de Janeiro to attend the Instituto Tecnológico Polytechnic (