|Lance Carter Gooden|
Texas State Representative
for District 4
(Kaufman and Henderson counties)
January 2011 – January 2015
|Preceded by||Betty J. Brown|
|Succeeded by||Stuart Spitzer|
January 2017 – January 2019
|Preceded by||Stuart Spitzer|
Republican nominee in 2018 for Texas' 5th congressional district
|Born|| December 1, 1982|
Terrell, Kaufman County
|Spouse(s)|| Alexa Calligas Gooden (married 2016)|
|Religion||Church of Christ|
Lance Carter Gooden (born December 1, 1982) is a Republican departing member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 4, which encompasses Kaufman and Henderson counties to the east of Dallas, Texas. Instead, he is party's nominee for the District 5 seat in the United States House of Representatives in the November 6, 2018, general election, to succeed the retiring Republican Jeb Hensarling. He faces the Democrat Dan Wood, an attorney in Terrell, a small city east of Dallas, who had drawn 16,923 votes in an unopposed bid for his party's nomination on March 6. According to supporters, Wood would "look out for the little guy" and seek to curb the power of high finance in American government.
A native of Terrell, Gooden, who is adopted, 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 degree.
In his first primary campaign in 2010, Gooden narrowly upset the six-term incumbent Republican Representative, Betty J. Brown (born 1939), with 50.5 percent of the vote. Gooden had five major contributors to his 2010 campaign, including the interest groups, the Texas Oil and Gas Association and Texans for Insurance Reform. He raised more than $277,000 in his first political campaign.
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. He then 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 more conservative opponent, the physician Stuart Spitzer. In 2014, Spitzer unseated Gooden in the Republican primary, but Gooden returned in triumph in the Republican primary held on March 1, 2016. In the primary held on March 6, 2018, when Gooden did not seek a fourth non-consecutive term in the state House, Spitzer ran once again and polled nearly 46 percent of the ballots cast. He then lost the runoff contest to intra-party rival Keith Bell to choose a nominee to succeed Gooden. Bell faces the Democrat Eston Williams in the upcoming general election.
In the 2018 primary, Gooden led an eight-candidate field for Texas' 5th congressional district seat. With 17,501 votes (29.9 percent), he was placed in a runoff contest with Bunni Nicole Pounds (born August 17, 1974), a former campaign manager for Representative Hensarling. The preferred choice of Hensarling, Pounds finished the primary with 12,895 votes (22 percent). The six other candidates held the remaining 48.1 percent of the ballots cast. Returns were slow to report on the outcome of the Gooden-Pounds race, but Gooden led throughout the first hours after the polls closed. Final results showed Gooden with 23,294 votes (53.1 percent) to Pounds' 20,542 (46.9 percent).
- Texas' Fifth Congressional District: Dan Wood. Votedanwood.com. Retrieved on May 23, 2018.
- "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 on May 30, 2012.
- Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (March 6, 2018). Retrieved on March 7, 2018.
- Republican Primary Runoff Election Returns for Congressional District 5. Texas Secretary of State (May 22, 2018). Retrieved on May 23, 2018.