Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría – Vice President of the Government, Minister of the Presidency and Government Spokesman
María Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría Antón is the current Vice President of the Spanish Government, as well as the Minister of the Presidency and the official Government Spokesman. She has held these positions since the General Election victory of the Partido Popular (PP) in November 2011.
Born in Valladolid on 10th June 1971, Sáenz de Santamaría studied law and worked as both a lawyer and university lecturer prior to entering politics.
Originally working as a Government lawyer, Sáenz de Santamaría became a political advisor to Minister Mariano Rajoy (now the Prime Minister of Spain).
In the 2004 election she originally narrowly missed out on a seat in the Congress of Deputies but later, after the resignation of Rodgrigo Rato, she took up office as an elected representative for Madrid.
Her position was reaffirmed after the 2008 General Election and she was subsequently named as spokesman for the PP in the Congress of Deputies by the party’s president, and her former boss, Mariano Rajoy.
After the PP´s election victory in November 2011, Sáenz de Santamaría was put in charge or organising the succession and transfer of powers to the new Government. Once sworn-in as Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy announced that Sáenz de Santamaría would serve as his Vice President, as well as giving her extensive responsibilities as Minister for the Presidency and Government Spokesman.
Sáenz de Santamaría holds a significant amount of power. The Ministry for the Presidency, which she heads, is responsible for the coordination of constitutional matters, the preparation and development of the legislative programme, and the coordination of the Government’s relations with the Cortes Generales and the Autonomous Communities. With Sáenz de Santamaría’s appointment, the Ministry was also given competency over the intelligence services, which had previously been under the remit of the Ministry of Defence.