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L. Grace Spencer
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'sRutgers University
J.D.Rutgers School of Law
Date of birth4/15/1968
Office website
Grace Spencer (b. March 15, 1968) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 29th District since 2008. She currently serves as a Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

Spencer earned her Bachelor of Arts in business management from Rutgers University-Newark and her Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School. Her professional experience includes working as an attorney for the firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin.[1]

Committee assignments



  • A680 Eliminates certain penalties for drug offenses in school zones and public areas.
  • A681 Prohibits the sale, importation, possession and carrying of handguns except by certain authorized persons.
  • A690 Requires boards of education to permit public participation at board meetings.
  • A699 Increases minimum wage. [2]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Spencer ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 29. Spencer is bracketed with Alberto Coutinho. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Aracelis Sanabria Tejada (R) and Elaine L. Guarino (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[3]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Spencer won re-election in 2011. She and incumbent Alberto Coutinho ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Elaine Guarino and Lisa Kistner in the November 8 general election.[4]

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


Spencer successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. She was bracketed with Alberto Coutinho and defeated Republican challengers Aracelis Sanabria-Tejada and Fernando Linhares, along with Independent candidate Joanne Miller.[5][6]

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, Spencer received $92,101 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to L. Grace Spencer's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Bankers Association$8,000
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$7,500
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$5,000
Com To Elect Sheila Oliver$2,600
Franklin Surgical Ctr$2,400
Total Raised in 2011 $92,101
Total Votes received in 2011 8,572
Cost of each vote received $10.74


Below are Spencer's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[8]

Contributor 2009 total
New Jersey State Laborers $8,200
Spencer, L Grace $5,400
New Jersey Bankers Association $4,750
New Jersey Association Of Realtors $2,000
New Jersey Funeral Directors Association $2,000

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