Christopher Coutu

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Christopher Coutu
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Connecticut House of Representatives, District 47
Former officeholder
In office
2009 - January 5, 2013
Base salary$28,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesThree Rivers Community College
Bachelor'sEastern Connecticut State University
Master'sUniversity of Hartford, 2003
Military service
Service/branchConnecticut National Guard
Date of birth08/28/1976
Place of birthNorwich, Connecticut
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Christopher Coutu was a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing the 47th District from 2009 to 2013.

Coutu was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Connecticut. Coutu ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 19.


Coutu was born August 28, 1976 in Norwich, Connecticut.[1]


  • Three Rivers Community College, Associate's degree
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Bachelor's degree
  • 2003: University of Hartford, Master's degree


Coutu is currently a member of the Connecticut National Guard. He has worked as a Financial Adviser/Tax Professional for Tarklin Financial, Civilian Personnel Management Services for the Department of Defense, and Base Education Manager/Craftsman Education and Training Manager with the Connecticut Air National Guard.

Coutu is a volunteer with Bully Busters of Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 104, Veterans of Foreign Wars, founder of, and a volunteer firefighter with the Taftville Volunteer Fire Department.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Coutu served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Coutu served on these committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Christopher Coutu endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

State elections panel investigation

The state Elections Enforcement Commission is investigating whether Coutu improperly used money from his aborted congressional campaign for his state senate race and failed to keep proper expense records.[4] Among the allegations is that the Coutu for Senate campaign wrongfully took a contribution from the congressional campaign by accepting lawn signs valued at more than $2,300 and failed to report certain expenses and reimbursements.[5]



See also: Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Coutu ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Connecticut's 2nd District. Coutu sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[6] Coutu decided to run for Connecticut State Senate in 2012.

See also: Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012

Coutu ran in the 2012 election for Connecticut State Senate District 19. Coutu ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012. He was defeated by Catherine Osten (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Connecticut State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine A. Osten 51.6% 19,882
     Republican Christopher Coutu 48.4% 18,679
Total Votes 38,561


See also: Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2010

Coutu ran for re-election to the 47th District seat in 2010. He defeated Catherine A. Osten (D) in the November 2 general election.

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 47 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Christopher Coutu (R) 4,362
Catherine A. Osten (D) 3,025


On November 4, 2008, Coutu won election to the Connecticut House of Representatives from Connecticut's 47th District, defeating Jack Malone (D). Coutu received 5,439 votes in the election while Malone received 4,605 votes.[10] Coutu raised $30,191 for his campaign; Malone raised $32,733.[11]

Connecticut House of Representatives, District 47
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Christopher Coutu (R) 5,439
Jack Malone (D) 4,605

Campaign donors


In 2010, Coutu raised $30,818 in contributions. [12]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $25,786 to his campaign.


Listed below is the largest contributor to Christopher Coutu's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Public Fund $24,946


Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

See also: Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

The Yankee Institute, a pro-market think tank, releases its Voter Guide after each two-year legislative term. Each member of the Connecticut General Assembly receives a score from 0 to 10 based on how he or she voted in ten key votes. The Institute selects key votes which "reveal the differences between those legislators that would harness the power of individual liberty and the market to improve lives, and those that prefer a centrally-planned approach." A legislator with a 10 voted in agreement with the Yankee Institute on all 10 votes, while a legislator with a 0 voted against the Yankee Institute's views or was absent for all 10 votes.[13]


Coutu received a score of 9 on the Yankee Institute's Voter Guide for 2011-12, tied for the highest score among the 152 scored members of the Connecticut House of Representatives. This score was 1 higher than his score of 8 for the 2009-10 term.[13]

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Coutu and his wife Neringa were married in 2004. They have one daughter, Alexandria, born December 28, 2010.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Connecticut State House District 47
Succeeded by
Brian H. Sear (D)