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Mayor Eduardo Paes was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro on November 14, 1969. A Law School graduate from PUC-Rio University, he began his public career at the early age of 23 when, in 1993, he was nominated as deputy mayor of the Jacarépaguá and Barra districts. In 1996, aged 27, he was elected alderman, with the highest number of votes in Brazil that year. He was elected to the Federal Chamber of Deputies twice. On the first election, in 1998, he was the most voted candidate in the State of Rio de Janeiro. In 2000, he was nominated as Municipal Environment Secretary. In 2002, Paes returned to the Chamber of Deputies for his second term as Congressman. In 2007, when the Pan American Games were held in Rio, Paes was named Secretary of State for Tourism, Sport and Leisure. And on January 01st 2009, Paes took office as Mayor of Rio. Good management practices implemented in the Paes administration earned Rio de Janeiro international recognition. The city, having earned an investment grade rating from one of the most respected rating agencies, was identified as one of the best cities that responded to the international financial crisis and was the first in the world to enter into a credit transaction directly with the World Bank for economic and social development. As mayor, Eduardo Paes was one of the leaders of the campaign that made Rio de Janeiro the city chosen to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, the first Games to be held in South America. Today, in partnership with the State and Federal Governments, he is working intensely to ensure that several major international events such as the 2014 FIFAWorld Cup – an event which will feature Rio prominently as host of the IBC and the final match – as well as the Olympics, leave an important legacy for the city and improve the quality of life for all cariocas. Eduardo Paes received the Innovator Award Cycle Mayor 2009/2010. The initiative, sponsored by the Competitive Brazil Movement (MBC), Microsoft Brazil, Brazil and Symnetics Intel recognizes the application of good management practices in the municipal public service. On October 07, 2012, Mayor Paes was re-elected for a second term in office with 64% of the valid votes.