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Marcelo Freixo
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Federal Deputy from Rio de Janeiro
Assumed office
1 February 2019
Chamber Minority Leader
Assumed office
24 March 2021
Preceded by José Guimarães
State Deputy of Rio de Janeiro
In office
1 January 2007 – 1 January 2019
Personal details
Born
Marcelo Ribeiro Freixo

12 April 1967 (1967-04-12) (age 54)
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Political party PSB (2021–present)
Other political
affiliations
  • PT (1986–2005)
  • PSOL (2005–2021)
Spouse(s)
Antonia Pellegrino (m. 2019)
Children 2
Alma mater Fluminense Federal University (BA)
Profession

Marcelo Ribeiro Freixo is a Brazilian politician and professor. He is a federal deputy for the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), and was formerly chairman of the Defence of Human Rights and Citizenship Commission on the Rio de Janeiro Legislative Assembly.

Freixo gained national attention when he presided over a parliamentary inquiry commission on police militias in Rio de Janeiro, having a character inspired on him in the Brazilian film Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, directed by José Padilha.

He ran for mayor of Rio de Janeiro twice, in 2012 and 2016, having as vice-mayor candidate on the ticket in 2016 the lawyer and professor at UFRJ Luciana Boiteux. He ended in second in both the run-offs, losing the first to Eduardo Paes from PMDB, and the second to the PRB candidate Marcelo Crivella.

On 16 June 2021, Freixo left PSOL for PSB, looking to run for Rio de Janeiro governor in 2022.

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