|President of Vox|
|Assumed office |
20 September 2014
|Preceded by||José Luis González Quirós|
|Member of the Congress of Deputies|
|Assumed office |
21 May 2019
|Director of the Data Protection Agency of the Community of Madrid|
4 February 2010 – 28 December 2012
|Preceded by||Antonio Troncoso|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Member of the Basque Parliament|
4 October 2005 – 6 January 2009
16 January 2004 – 22 February 2005
|Member of the General Assembly of Álava|
13 June 2003 – 3 February 2005
|Member of the City Council of Llodio|
13 June 1999 – 16 June 2007
Santiago Abascal Conde
14 April 1976
Bilbao (Biscay), Basque Country, Kingdom of Spain
|Political party||People's Party (1994–2013)|
Lidia Bedman (m. 2018)
|Alma mater||University of Deusto|
Santiago Abascal Conde (Spanish pronunciation: [sanˈtjaɣo aβasˈkal ˈkonde]; born 14 April 1976) is a Spanish politician who has been the leader of Vox party since September 2014 and a member of the Congress of Deputies in representation of Madrid since 2019. Before the creation of Vox, Abascal, a former long-standing member of the People's Party, served as legislator in the Basque Parliament, founded the Foundation for the Defence of the Spanish Nation and exerted the role of director of publicly funded entities of the Community of Madrid.
He became a member of the People's Party at age 18, in 1994. Abascal was city councillor of Llodio for two terms (1999–2007). He served in the Basque Parliament from January 2004 to February 2005 representing Álava. He later served again in the regional legislature from October 2005 to January 2009.
Following his exit from Basque politics, Esperanza Aguirre, the regional president of the Community of Madrid, found him a niche in the region, hand picking him to the post of director of the Data Protection Agency of the Community of Madrid (2010–2012); Abascal was later appointed to another post as Director of the Foundation for Patronage and Social Sponsorship (2013), a publicly funded entity without known activity during Abascal's spell.
Abascal left the PP in 2013 and helped to found a new party, Vox, formed on the same day the Foundation for Patronage and Social Sponsorship dissolved. After Vox's bad result in the May 2014 European Parliament election (in which it failed to obtain any seats), inner strife between a faction represented by party members such as Ignacio Camuñas, José Luis González Quirós and Alejo Vidal-Quadras and a hardline faction (featuring Abascal along with other figures of the DENAES Foundation) followed. The moderate faction became estranged from the party, and Abascal became the new president on 20 September 2014.
He first married Ana Belén Sánchez, herself a PP candidate in local elections in Llodio and Zuia, with whom he had 2 children. In June 2018 he married the Spanish maternity blogger Lidia Bedman. He had two children with Bedman. Abascal is a long-time member of the Spanish Ornithological Society. Abascal is an affiliate of the ultraconservative association Hazteoir (HO), and was the recipient of a HO Award in 2012.
| Director of the Data Protection Agency
of the Community of Madrid
|Party political offices|
José Luis González Quirós
| President of Vox