Flávio Dino is a lawyer and professor of Law at the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA) since 1993. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Law from the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) and has taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Brasília (UnB), from 2002 to 2006.
Flávio Dino was a federal judge for 12 years, held the positions of secretary-general of the National Council of Justice (CNJ), president of the Association of Federal Judges of Brazil (Ajufe), and advisor to the presidency of the Federal Supreme Court (STF).
In 2006, he joined the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) after resigning from the judiciary system and applying for a seat in the Chamber of Deputies. Elected federal deputy as the fourth most voted in Maranhão, he stood out as one of the main names of the Committee on Constitution and Justice and Citizenship (CCJC), the main committee of the Chamber of Deputies. In his four-year term, he was elected one of the most influential parliamentarians in Brazil by the Inter-union Department of Parliamentary Advice (DIAP) and one of the best parliamentarians in the country by the website Congresso em Foco.
With the prominence achieved in two years as a federal deputy, he ran as a candidate for mayor of São Luís (state of Maranhão) in 2008. In 2010, he disputed his first election for governor. In both elections, he was in second place. Between 2011 and 2014, Flávio Dino chaired the Brazilian Tourism Institute, when Embratur reached the record annual mark of 6 million foreign tourists.
In 2014, he disputed his second election for the Government of Maranhão and was victorious, being elected with 63.52% of the votes, defeating one of the largest political clans in the history of the state, which dominated the scene for more than 50 years. From there, it starts a series of public policies to bring development, social justice, and opportunities for all. These policies include the Bolsa Escola and Escola Digna Programs and the Mais IDH Plan, which operates in the 30 poorest municipalities in the state and aims to increase the Human Development Index (HDI) in these cities.
During the political crisis that took place in Brazil after the 2014 elections, Flávio Dino became known nationally as one of the greatest voices in defense of democracy and the harmony and independence between the powers.
In 2018, he was reelected governor of Maranhão, once again defeating the coronelista political group.