* Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao was born in 1945
* Rao holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from Osmania University. Prior to joining politics, he was a practising lawyer from 1972 to 1984.
* Rao is also a former Union Minister of State of India. He was Minister of State for internal affairs in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government from 1999.
* He was thrice elected to the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh as a member in 1985, 1989 and 1994 respectively and was Leader of Opposition in the House.
* He was elected to 12th and 13th Lok Sabha from Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate.
* He was also the BJP National Executive Member
* Member, Committee on Public Accounts
* Member, Business Advisory Committee
* Member, Committee on Finance
* Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
* Member, Court of University of Hyderabad, 1998-99