C Vidyasagar Rao's full name is Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, who is an Indian politician. He was born in Nagaram, Sircilla district, Karimnagar, Hyderabad State, British India, on February 12, 1941. Rao's parents' names are Chandramma and C. Srinivasa Rao. His family belonged to the Padmanayaka Velama Dora. Rao also has three siblings named C. Rajeshwara Rao, C. Hanumantha Rao, and C. Venkateshwara Rao.
He studied at a local school in Vemulawada, PUC, Hyderabad, and later did his graduation from in Science and law from Nanded, Maharashtra, and Osmania University, Hyderabad, respectively. While studying at Osmania, Rao was the president of the institute's student union. After the completion of his graduation, Rao started practicing as a lawyer. In 1972, he won the election of Janasangh, Karimnagar's convener. Rao also spent some time in the prison during the politically disastrous Emergency period.
From 1985 to 1998, he represented the Bhartiya Janata Party from the assembly of Metpally in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. In 1998 and 1999, Rao won the Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency and became a member of the Parliament. In the same year, he became BJP's state president. For fifteen years, Rao served as the BJP's Floor Leader from Andhra Pradesh.
It was Rao's journey to Ichampalli without the help of any transportation, wherein he stressed the benefits of using Godavari water for people's basic needs, that compelled the government to agree to his demands. In 1999, under Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet Rao served as the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, and later as Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
appointed him as Maharashtra's 22nd governor on August 30, 2014, after K. Sankaranarayanan resigned. Mohit Shah, Bombay High Court's Chief Justice, administered his oath. In the same year, Rao also accepted Prithviraj Chavan's resignation since his party didn't have any majority.
On September 2, 2016, Rao also served as the Tamil Nadu's governor for nearly a year after K. Rosaiah. It was during his tenure that Tamil Nadu witnessed the demise of J. Jayalalithaa and the Jallikattu protests. When the government appointed
as Rao's successor in Tamil Nadu, the state officials gave him a warm farewell. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam presented him with bouquets and shawls. He is married to Vinoda Rao. Most of the members of his family are well-educated and are settled in either Dubai, Dallas, or Florida.