Aad Kosto
Aad Kosto in 1985
Member of the Council of State
In office
12 September 1994 – 1 February 2008
Vice PresidentWillem Scholten
Herman Tjeenk Willink
Minister of Justice
In office
27 May 1994 – 22 August 1994
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byErnst Hirsch Ballin
Succeeded byWinnie Sorgdrager
State Secretary for Justice
In office
7 November 1989 – 27 May 1994
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byVirginie Korte-van Hemel
Succeeded byElizabeth Schmitz
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 May 1994 – 12 September 1994
In office
7 December 1972 – 7 November 1989
Parliamentary groupLabour Party
Personal details
Arie Kosto

(1938-01-09) 9 January 1938 (age 83)
Oegstgeest, Netherlands
Political partyLabour Party (from 1958)
Anneke Reuvekamp
(m. 1969; died 2005)

Margot Prins
(m. 2008)
Children2 daughters
(first marriage)
ResidenceGrootschermer, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Researcher · Nonprofit director · Lobbyist · Television producer · Editor · Screenwriter · Author
Military service
Allegiance Netherlands
Branch/serviceRoyal Netherlands Army
Years of service1958–1960 (Conscription)
1960–1968 (Reserve)
Private first class
UnitGarderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene
Battles/warsCold War

Arie "Aad" Kosto (born 9 January 1938) is a retired Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and jurist.

Kosto attended the Gymnasium Leiden from April 1950 until June 1958 where he majored in Theology. Kosto worked as student researcher at the University of Amsterdam from June 1960 until July 1962. Kosto worked as a television producer, editor and screenwriter for the VARA from July 1962 until December 1972. Kosto was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1972, taking office on 7 December 1972. After the election of 1989 Kosto was appointed as State Secretary for Justice in the Cabinet Lubbers III, taking office on 7 November 1989. On 13 November 1991 Kosto was targeted by the radical activist group Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action (RaRa) who destroyed his house in Grootschermer with a bomb.[1] Kosto was appointed as Minister of Justice following the resignation of Ernst Hirsch Ballin, taking office on 27 May 1994. After the election of 1994 Kosto returned as a Member of the House of Representatives, taking office on 17 May 1994. Following the cabinet formation of 1994 Kosto was not giving a cabinet post in the new cabinet and the Cabinet Lubbers III was replaced by the Cabinet Kok I on 22 August 1994 and continued to serve as a frontbencher.

In August 1994 Kosto was nominated as a Member of the Council of State, he resigned as a Member of the House of Representatives the day he was installed as a Member of the Council of State, serving from 12 September 1994 until 1 February 2008.[2]

Kosto retired from active politic and became active in the public sector and occupied numerous seats as a nonprofit director on several boards of directors and supervisory boards (Stichting Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn, Copyright and Patent association, Institute for Multiparty Democracy) and served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government (Probation Agency and the Custodial Institutions Agency)


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
Officer of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 12 April 1992
Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 8 October 1994
Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 1 February 2008


  1. ^ "Aanslag RARA op staatssecretaris Aad Kosto in 1991" (in Dutch). NPO Geschiedenis. 14 November 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Mr. A. (Aad) Kosto" (in Dutch). Parlement.com. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
Political offices Preceded byVirginie Korte-van Hemel State Secretary for Justice1989–1994 Succeeded byElizabeth Schmitz Preceded byErnst Hirsch Ballin Minister of Justice1994 Succeeded byWinnie Sorgdrager Business positions Preceded byOffice established Chairman of the Copyright and Patent association2008–2012 Succeeded byJob Cohen