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After a distinguished career in the business community, working for reputable companies such as IBM, SD Worx and Bank Card Company (BCC), Jan became actively involved in politics in 2007.
A commitment to Flanders
Prior to this, Jan had been a member of the Vlaamse Volksbeweging (VVB, Flemish Popular Movement) for several years, which has advocated for Flemish independence since 1991. As a member of the Board and a representative of this Flemish nationalist association, joining the N-VA was the next logical step.
In 2007, Jan was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the first time, where he was appointed Chairman of the N-VA political group in 2008. The voters extended his mandate on 25 May 2014.
And a local commitment
Jan is also involved in local politics. He was the Alderman for Finance and the Local Economy in his native Brasschaat from 2007 until 2012. He was elected mayor in 2013. After being appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in October 2014, Jan handed over his tasks to another member of the party, who has served as the acting mayor ever since.
Jan obtained a degree in information technology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He then went on to obtain an MBA from the University of Antwerp.