Lance Gooden

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Lance Gooden
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Texas State Representative for District 4 (Kaufman and part of Henderson counties)
Assumed office
January 10, 2017
Preceded by Stuart Spitzer
Texas State Representative for District 4 (Kaufman and part of Henderson counties)
In office
2011 – January 13, 2015
Preceded by Betty Brown
Succeeded by Stuart Spitzer
Personal details
Born (1982-12-01) December 1, 1982 (age 34)
Terrell, Kaufman County
Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alexa Calligas (m. 2016)
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Businessman

Lance Gooden (born December 1, 1982) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 4. He initially served from 2011 through 2015 before losing his November 2014 re-election bid. He was re-elected in the November 2016 election and sworn into his most recent term in office on January 10, 2017.

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

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.[4][5] 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).[6] 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,[7] 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 defeated 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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On October 1, 2016, Gooden married Alexa Calligas.[9]


  1. ^ ""Gooden upsets Brown"". Athens Review. March 3, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dallas News
  3. ^ Kaufmann Herald
  4. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012". Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "About Stuart Spitzer". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Denise Bell, "Texas Speaker of the House Straus Visits Forney to Endorse Rep. Gooden," February 4, 2014". The Forney Post. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Republican primary returns". Texas Secretary of State. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Off to Rio". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Betty Brown
Texas State Representative for District 4 (Kaufman and part of Henderson counties)

Lance Gooden

Succeeded by
Stuart Spitzer
Preceded by
Stuart Spitzer
Texas State Representative for District 4 (Kaufman and part of Henderson counties)

Lance Gooden

Succeeded by