|Member of the Flemish Parliament|
13 June 2004
|Member of the Chamber of Representatives|
18 May 2003 – 6 July 2004
|Mayor of Antwerp|
10 July 2003 – 31 December 2012
|Preceded by||Leona Detiège|
|Succeeded by||Bart De Wever|
19 September 1956
|Alma mater||Antwerp University
London School of Economics
He studied "Political and Social Sciences" and "Applied Economic Sciences" (both Masters) at the University of Antwerp and Statistics at the London School of Economics. From 1979 to 1985 he was an assistant in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Antwerp, first of Jan Vranken (with whom he wrote the first National Report on Poverty in Belgium, within the framework of the First European Anti-Poverty Programme) and then of Herman Deleeck.
From 1985 to 1989, he ran a market research agency (Dimarso) after which he undertook several positions at the marketing agency VVL/BBDO until 1999.
In 1999, he was appointed president of the Socialist Party. He resigned as president to become mayor of Antwerp in 2003. In the general election held the same year, Janssens was elected to the Belgian Chamber of People's Representatives but he left the Chamber one year later when the 2004 regional elections saw Janssens becoming a member of the Flemish Parliament. In the municipal elections of 2006, Janssens was overwhelmingly elected for another term as mayor.
He was longlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award.
|Mayor of Antwerp
10 July 2003–present
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