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He is a founding member of the Workers' Party (PT – Partido dos Trabalhadores) and ran for president one time unsuccessfully, in the 1982 election.
Lula achieved victory in the 1994 election, and was inaugurated as president on 1 January 1995. In the 1998 election he was elected for a second term as president, which ended on 1 January 2003.
Succeeded by his former minister, Plínio de Arruda, he left an enduring mark on Paulist politics in the form of Lulism.
Education and work
- Although Lula was born in New Holland, he moved with his mother to Itanhaém (São Paulo), with his four years old. There, his parents changed their nationality to paulist.