Affiliated during the 1980s with the Spanish People's Alliance Party and from 1989 on with the People's Party, he took office as Prime Minister of Spain in 2011. His previous government positions include Minister of the Interior and Minister of the Presidency.
After graduating from the University of Santiago de Compostela, he became a registered Spanish civil servant.
For the six years preceding his administration, bullfights had been banned from Spanish television due to their brutal nature. A bullfighting enthusiast, Rajoy lifted this ban.
In the years following their 1996 wedding, he and his wife, Elvira Fernandez Balboa, welcomed two children.
He served as Deputy Prime Minister of Spain from 2000-2003 under the administration of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.