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 37)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alexa Calligas
(m. 2016)
EducationUniversity of Texas at 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] The district includes much of eastern Dallas, as well as a swath of exurban and rural territory to Dallas' east.

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, an eastern suburb of Dallas, Gooden graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts in government.

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] In 2011, Gooden assisted hotel mogul Monty Bennett in his fight against the Tarrant Regional Water District, pushing legislation to designate Bennett's 1,000-acre ranch as a municipal utility district and granting immunity from a proposed water pipeline through the property.[6]

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.[7][8] 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).[9] 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,[10] 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.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


2018 general election[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]


Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Republican primary results[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lance Gooden 17,501 29.9
Republican Bunni Pounds 12,895 22.0
Republican Sam Deen 10,102 17.2
Republican Kenneth Sheets 7,011 12.0
Republican Jason Wright 6,675 11.4
Republican Danny Campbell 1,767 3.0
Republican David Williams 1,603 2.7
Republican Charles Lingerfelt 1,023 1.8
Total votes 58,777 100.0
Republican primary runoff results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lance Gooden 18,364 54.0
Republican Bunni Pounds 15,634 46.0
Total votes 33,998 100.0
Texas's 5th congressional district, 2018[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lance Gooden 130,617 62.3
Democratic Dan Wood 78,666 37.6
Independent Phil Gray (write-in) 224 0.1
Total votes 209,507 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life[edit]

On October 1, 2016, Gooden married Alexa Calligas, whose family is from Shreveport, Louisiana.[14] They had a son on February 1, 2018.[15]

Gooden grew up attending the Rockwall and Brin Church of Christ in Terrell, Texas, and remains a member of that congregation.[16]


  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 November 16, 2018.
  3. ^ ""Gooden upsets Brown"". Athens Review. March 3, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Dallas News
  5. ^ Kaufmann Herald
  6. ^ Root, Jay; Svitek, Patrick (May 16, 2018). "Lance Gooden's biggest donor in the Texas Legislature is now spending big to get him into Congress. The two go way back". The Texas Tribune.
  7. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012". Archived from the original on June 10, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "About Stuart Spitzer". Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Republican primary returns". Texas Secretary of State. March 1, 2016. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "2018 Primary Election Official Results". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "Texas Election Results". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "Off to Rio". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "Meet Lance". Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  16. ^ Ross, Bobby, Jr. (January 18, 2019). "Three members of Churches of Christ elected to U.S. House". The Christian Chronicle. Retrieved April 13, 2019.

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