Alberto Coutinho

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Alberto Coutinho
New Jersey General Assembly District 29
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 2012
Years in position 7
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 3, 2009
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNew York University
Master'sNew York University, 1992
Date of birth06/16/1969
Place of birthNewark, NJ
ProfessionManaging Partner, Alter International
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Alberto Coutinho is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 29th District since 2008.

Coutinho, who has an MBA in International Economics and Organizational Behavior from New York University, works as a consultant for Al-Ter International and Ammco Development. He is also the owner of Coutinho's Bakery. [1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011
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Coutinho is running for re-election in 2011. He and incumbent L. Grace Spencer ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. Elaine Guarino and Lisa Kistner ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]


Coutinho successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. He was bracketed with L. Grace Spencer and defeated Republican challengers Aracelis Sanabria-Tejada and Fernando Linhares, along with Independent candidate Joanne Miller.[3][4]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Twenty-Ninth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png L. Grace Spencer (D) 21,205
Green check mark transparent.png Alberto Coutinho (D) 20,628
Fernando E. Linhares (R) 2,787
Aracelis Sanabria-Tejada (R) 2,761

Campaign donors


Below are Coutinho's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[5]

Contributor 2009 total
Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign $98,529
Heavy & General Construction Laborers Local 472 $9,200
New Jersey State Laborers $8,700
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters $5,000
New Jersey Education Association $4,500

Issue positions

  • A504 Requires appointed board of education members and candidates for an elected board to reveal criminal convictions prior to assuming or running for office.
  • A2233 Requires certain cities of the second class to establish a Second Chance Council to develop a plan to increase jobs for released criminals and high school dropouts.
  • A2241 Requires inmates in State correctional facilities to earn high school equivalency certificate prior to parole or discharge.
  • A4048 "New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009"; appropriates $15 million to "New Jersey Affordable Housing Trust Fund."[6]

National Political Awareness Test

Coutinho's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test provides an overview of Coutinho's positions on a number of issues. He did not answer the question asking his top priorities.[7]

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Political offices
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New Jersey General Assembly District 29
Succeeded by