Alberto Coutinho

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Alberto Coutinho
New Jersey General Assembly District 29
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 7
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
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 (b. June 16, 1969) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.


Coutinho, who has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance and 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:


  • 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."[2]

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.[3]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Coutinho ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 29. Coutinho is bracketed with L. Grace Spencer. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Aracelis Sanabria Tejada (R), Elaine L. Guarino (R), and incumbent L. Grace Spencer (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4] [5]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Coutinho won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent L. Grace Spencer ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Elaine Guarino and Lisa Kistner in the general election on November 8.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 29 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngL. Grace Spencer Incumbent 42% 8,572
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlberto Coutinho Incumbent 41.2% 8,391
     Republican Elaine Guarino 8.5% 1,736
     Republican Lisa Kistner 8.3% 1,687
Total Votes 20,386


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.[7][8]

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


In 2011, Coutinho received $217,464 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Alberto Coutinho's campaign in 2011
Developers Pac$15,900
New Jersey Automobile Dealers Assocation$10,500
Heavy & General Construction Laborers Local 472$9,350
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$9,200
New Jersey State Laborers$8,200
Total Raised in 2011 $217,464
Total Votes received in 2011 8,391
Cost of each vote received $25.92


Below are Coutinho's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[10]

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

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