Hugo de los Reyes Chávez

Barinas State Governor Election, 2004 Results
Source: CNE data
Candidates Votes %
Hugo de los Reyes Chavez 135674 76%
Andres Eloy Camejo 24651 14%

Hugo de los Reyes Chávez (born January 6 1933) was a regional director of education and subsequently rose to prominence as a member of the conservative Social Christian Party; he is currently (since 1998) governor of Barinas in Venezuela. He is best known as the father of current Venzuelan president Hugo Chávez. His mother is Rosa Inés de Chávez.

The Chávez family is descended from the mestizos and mulattos that live in central Venezuela's vast and verdant llanos, home to a rural cattle ranching culture famed as restive and fiercely independent. Chávez himself was born with primarily indigenous Amerindian blood mixed with some African and Spanish roots. Chávez and his wife started their careers as local schoolteachers. He dropped out of school after completing the sixth grade, later qualifying to teach.

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