Patrick Janssens

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Patrick Janssens
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Member of the Flemish Parliament
Assumed office
13 June 2004
Member of the Chamber of Representatives
In office
18 May 2003 – 6 July 2004
Mayor of Antwerp
In office
10 July 2003 – 31 December 2012
Preceded by Leona Detiège
Succeeded by Bart De Wever
Personal details
Born Patrick Janssens
(1956-09-19) 19 September 1956 (age 61)
Antwerp, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Political party SP.A
Alma mater Antwerp University
London School of Economics
Occupation Politician
Website Official website

Patrick Janssens is a Belgian politician, born on 19 September 1956. He is a member of the SP.a and the former mayor of the port city Antwerp.


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 (nl)) 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.

Janssens lost the 2012 municipal elections to Bart De Wever of the N-VA.

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Preceded by
Leona Detiège
Mayor of Antwerp
10 July 2003 – 31 December 2012
Succeeded by
Bart De Wever