Deputy Prime Minister of Spain

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First Vice President of the Government of Spain
Vicepresidente primero del Gobierno de España
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Mrs. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

since 22 December 2011
Style Señor (m) / Señora (f)
Appointer Mr. Mariano Rajoy Brey
Inaugural holder Mr. Agustín Muñoz Grandes
Formation 1962
Unofficial names Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
Salary €75,744 p.a.[1]

The Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, officially First Vice President of the Government, (Spanish: Vicepresidente primero del Gobierno de España) is the second in command to the Prime Minister of Spain, filling in for when the Prime Minister is absent or incapable of exercising power. The person for the post is usually handpicked by the Prime Minister from the members of the Cabinet. The title of "First" is used to distinguish them from the Second Vice President of the Government, as in the last legislatures there have been usually two. The Headquarters of the First Vice Presidency of the Government of Spain is the Edificio Semillas, in La Moncloa Complex.

Currently Mrs. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría is the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Spain. She assumed the post on the swearing-in of the Rajoy Government in December 2011.

Official title[edit]

Being a constitutional monarchy, the government of Spain is headed by a prime minister but the official title in Spanish is Presidente del Gobierno, literally President of the Government. This can be confusing to foreigners and indeed is to many Spaniards, who sometimes translate the title into English as President. Therefore, the Spanish Vice President of the Government is actually the equivalent of a Deputy Prime Minister, not a Vice President.


The Deputy Prime Minister of Spain is responsible for:[2]

  • Advising the President of the Government (Prime Minister).
  • Attending the Cabinet, the Delegated Commissions of the Government and the General Commission of Secretaries of State and Undersecretaries.
  • Supporting the President of the Government, specially exercising the responsibilities in relation to preparing and tracking the Government Programme.
  • Interministerial Coordinating given by current laws, the Government or the President.
  • Attending the Government with its relationships with the General Courts.
  • Preparing, carrying out and tracking the legislative programme of the Government and specialy its parliamentary processing.
  • Material supporting, economic, financial, personal and budgetary management and in general whatever responsibilities needed by the President and the Presidency of the Government's dependent bodies.
  • Being the secretary at the Cabinet.
  • Organising the territorial administration.

List of Deputy Prime Ministers of Spain[edit]

  Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD)
  Socialist (PSOE)
  People's Party (PP)

# Picture Deputy Prime Minister Took office Left office Prime Minister Term Party
1 Agustin Munoz Grandes.jpg Agustín Muñoz Grandes 1962 1967 Francisco Franco Franco's dictatorship Military
2 Luis Carrero Blanco.jpg Luis Carrero Blanco 1967 1973
3 Torcuato Fernández-Miranda 1973 1974 Falange
4 Coat of Arms of Spain (1945-1977).svg Jose Garcia Hernandez 1974 1975
5 Coat of Arms of Spain (1945-1977).svg Fernando de Santiago y Díaz 1975 1976 Carlos Arias Navarro Transitional Governments Military
6 Manuel-Fraga-Iribarne.jpg Manuel Fraga Iribarne 1975 1976 Falange
7 Coat of Arms of Spain (1945-1977).svg Juan-Miguel Villar Mir 1976 1976
8 Escudo de España (mazonado).svg Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado 1977 1979 Adolfo Suárez González Constituent Legislature Military
1979 1981 1st Legislature
9 Rodolfo Martín Villa.jpg Rodolfo Martín Villa 1981 1982 Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo Bustelo UCD
10 Alfonso Guerra.jpg Alfonso Guerra González 1982 1986 Felipe González Márquez 2nd Legislature PSOE
1986 1989 3rd Legislature
1989 1991 4th Legislature
11 Narcís Serra i Serra - 001.jpg Narcís Serra 1991 1993
1993 1996 5th Legislature
12 Francisco Álvarez-Cascos (2010).jpg Francisco Álvarez Cascos 1996 2000 José María Aznar López 6th Legislature PP
13 MarianoRajoy.jpg Mariano Rajoy Brey 2000 2003 7th Legislature
14 RODRIGO RATO RT-8 01.JPG Rodrigo Rato Figaredo 2003 2004
15 De la Vega2 cropped.jpg María Teresa Fernández de la Vega 2004 2008 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 8th Legislature PSOE
2008 2010 9th Legislature
16 Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba 2010.png Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba 2010 2011
17 Elena Salgado en rueda de prensa.jpg Elena Salgado Méndez 2011 2011
18 Vicepresidenta Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría 2012 - La Moncloa (Recortada).jpg Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría Antón 2011 2015 Mariano Rajoy Brey 10th Legislature PP
2015 2016 11th Legislature
2016 Incumbent 12th Legislature

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