|Texas State Representative from District 4 (Kaufman and part of Henderson counties)|
2011 – 2015 (pending)
|Preceded by||Betty Brown|
December 1, 1982 |
Terrell, Kaufman County
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
Lance Gooden (born December 1, 1982) is a departing two-term Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 4 (Kaufman and a portion of Henderson counties). In the 2010 primary election, Gooden narrowly upset the six-term incumbent Republican Representative Betty Brown, having polled 50.5 percent of the vote.
A native of Terrell, 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. Upon taking office early in 2011, Gooden worked on the state budget in an attempt to eliminate wasteful spending. He serves 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.
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 Keith Spitzer (born c. 1967) of Dallas. Gooden was then unopposed in the November 6 general election for his second term.
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). 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.
- "Gooden upsets Brown" Athens Review March 3, 2010
- Dallas News
- Kaufmann Herald
- "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
- "Denise Bell, "Texas Speaker of the House Straus Visits Forney to Endorse Rep. Gooden," February 4, 2014". The Forney Post. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
|Texas House of Representatives|
|Texas State Representative from District 4 (Kaufman and part of Henderson counties)