José Alberto Reus Fortunati holds a degree in Public and Business Administration, Law and Social Sciences and Mathematics. He was part of popular movements and was president of the Union of Bank Professionals of Porto Alegre and president of Central Única dos Trabalhadores in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. In 1987, he took over as state deputy. Then he was federal deputy for two terms and in 1997 he took over as deputy mayor of Porto Alegre and as the city’s Secretary of Government. In 2000 he was elected councilman. In 2002 he joined the Democratic Labor Party (PDT). He was also president of the City Council, State Secretary of Education and City’s Secretary of Planning. In 2008 he was again elected as deputy mayor, also taking on the Special Secretariat of the 2014 World Cup. In 2010, he took over as mayor of Porto Alegre. In 2012 he was elected mayor of Porto Alegre after winning the election in the first round. This year, he was elected president of the National Front of Mayors for the 2013/2014 administration.