Nicolás Maduro Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.


Birth date: November 23, 1962
Birth place: Caracas, Venezuela
Birth name: Nicolás Maduro Moros
Father: Nicolás Maduro García
Mother: Teresa de Jesús Moros
Marriage: Cilia Flores
Children: Nicolás Jr.

Other Facts

Worked as a bus driver for Caracas Metro and belonged to the transit union.
Maduro campaigned for Hugo Chavez's release from prison for the 1992 attempted coup to overthrow President Carlos Andres Perez.
After Chavez's release, Maduro helped him found the political party Fifth Republic Movement.


1999 - Maduro is elected to the National Constituent Assembly, the body convened to draft a new constitution.
2000 - Is elected to the National Assembly, the country's legislative branch of government
2005-2006 - Serves as Speaker of the National Assembly.
2006-2013 - Serves as foreign minister.
October 12, 2012 - Is selected by President Chavez to serve as vice president.
December 9, 2012 - Facing his fourth surgery for cancer, Chavez endorses Maduro to succeed him.
April 14, 2013 - Wins the presidential election by fewer than two percentage points. Maduro's opponent, Henrique Capriles Radonski demands a recount.
April 19, 2013 - Maduro is sworn in.
September 30, 2013 - Maduro announces on state-run TV that he is expelling three US diplomats. He claims they were involved in a widespread power outage earlier in the month. "Get out of Venezuela," he says, listing several names. "Yankee go home. Enough abuses already."
February 12, 2014 - Ongoing student protests attract global attention when three people are killed. Major social and economic problems have fueled the protests, with some blaming the government for those problems.
February 20, 2014 - Venezuela revokes press credentials for CNN journalists in the country and denies them for other CNN journalists entering the country, following Maduro's announcement that he would expel CNN if it did not "rectify" its coverage of anti-government protests, calling it war propaganda.
February 21, 2014 - Maduro calls for US President Barack Obama to "accept the challenge" of holding direct talks with Venezuela.
February 22, 2014 - Venezuela reissues press credentials for CNN journalists in the country.