Lance Gooden

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Lance Gooden
Lance Gooden, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byJeb Hensarling
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 4th district
In office
January 10, 2017 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byStuart Spitzer
Succeeded byKeith Bell
In office
January 11, 2011 – January 13, 2015
Preceded byBetty Brown
Succeeded byStuart Spitzer
Personal details
Lance Carter Gooden

(1982-12-01) December 1, 1982 (age 36)
Terrell, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alexa Calligas (m. 2016)
EducationUniversity of Texas, Austin (BA, BBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Lance Carter Gooden[1] (born December 1, 1982) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 5th congressional district, having won the general election held on November 6, 2018.[2] Gooden previously served in the Texas House of Representatives for District 4 (Henderson and Kaufman counties). He served two terms in the state House from 2011 to 2015 before he lost his re-election bid in the 2014 Republican primary election. He was returned to office in 2016 for this third nonconsecutive term in the legislature.

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Terrell in Kaufman County, a city east of Dallas, Texas, Gooden graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, from which he received both a Bachelor of Arts in government and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

In the 2010 primary election, Gooden won 50.5 percent of the vote, upsetting six-term incumbent Republican Representative Betty Brown.[3] Gooden had formerly been Brown's legislative assistant.

Upon taking office early in 2011, Gooden worked on the state budget in an attempt to eliminate wasteful spending. He served on these House committees: Appropriations, County Affairs, and House Administration, the latter of which handles employment by the House. In 2010, Gooden had no Democratic opponent in his heavily Republican district.[4][5]

Gooden won renomination to a second term in the Republican primary held on May 29, 2012. He polled 6,385 votes (53.5 percent) to 5,545 (46.5 percent) for his opponent, Stuart Spitzer.[6][7] Gooden was then unopposed for his second term in the general election held on November 6, 2012.

However, on March 4, 2014, Spitzer, in a second bid for the office, unseated Gooden in the Republican primary. Spitzer polled 8,421 votes (51 percent) to Gooden's 8,079 (49 percent).[8] Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio, made a campaign stop for Gooden's behalf in Forney in Kaufman County, a month before the primary election. Accompanying Straus to Forney was State Senator Bob Deuell,[9] who lost his own seat in the subsequent May 27 runoff election to the Tea Party movement choice, Bob Hall.

In 2016, however, Gooden staged a successful comeback and unseated Spitzer in the March 1 Republican primary, 14,500 votes (51.8 percent) to 13,502 (48.2 percent). He returned to the state House in January 2017.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In 2018, he won the Republican nomination for the 5th congressional district and was elected to that office on November 6, 2018, upon receiving 62.7 percent of the votes.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On October 1, 2016, Gooden married Alexa Calligas, whose family is from Shreveport, Louisiana.[11] On February 1, 2018, the couple welcomed their first child, a boy.[12]


  1. ^ Gooden v. Weaver et al.
  2. ^ a b "Lance Gooden wins bid for Texas' 5th Congressional District, a position not held by a Kaufman County resident in nearly a century". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  3. ^ ""Gooden upsets Brown"". Athens Review. March 3, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Dallas News
  5. ^ Kaufmann Herald
  6. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012". Archived from the original on June 10, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "About Stuart Spitzer". Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  9. ^ "Denise Bell, "Texas Speaker of the House Straus Visits Forney to Endorse Rep. Gooden," February 4, 2014". The Forney Post. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Republican primary returns". Texas Secretary of State. March 1, 2016. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Off to Rio". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  12. ^ "Meet Lance | Lance Gooden". Retrieved 2018-12-12.

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Betty Brown
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 4th district

Succeeded by
Stuart Spitzer
Preceded by
Stuart Spitzer
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 4th district

Succeeded by
Keith Bell
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jeb Hensarling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 5th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Anthony Gonzalez
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Mark Green