With an extensive background in the agribusiness sector Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias was appointed as Second Secretary of the Agriculture and Livestock State Federation of Mato Grosso do Sul (Famasul). In 2006, she was appointed as Superintendent of the National Service for Rural Learning (Senar) and, at the end of that same year, sworn in as Secretary of Agrarian Development, Production, Industry, Trade and Tourism of Mato Grosso do Sul.
In 2014 Tereza Cristina was elected for the National Congress with a strong support from the agricultural sector. As a lawmaker she was President of the “Frente Parlamentar da Agricultura” (Agriculture Caucus), the largest cross-party group in defense of agribusiness.
Tereza Cristina also won the title of “Best Congressperson” during the 11th Edition of the Congress in Focus Award. She was among the top-10 rated members of the House and praised as the lead defender of Brazilian agribusiness. Tereza Cristina secured a second 4-year term in the Brazilian House of Representatives during the 2018 general election when she was appointed by Jair Messias Bolsonaro to be the new Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.
In this event, with the partnerships of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce and Banco do Brasil she stressed her visions and the actions that the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply is taking to improve the agribusiness sector in Brazil. She also highlighted the necessity of opening new markets for Brazilian exports and the needed infrastructural improvements that are key to improve the country’s competitiveness in the international markets.