|Born|| December 1, 1982 |
Terrell, Kaufman County
|Spouse||Alexa Calligas Gooden (married 2016)|
Lance Gooden (born December 1, 1982) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 4, which encompasses Kaufman County and a portion of Henderson County. 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 small 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 degree.
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.
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.
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. In 2014, Spitzer unseated Gooden in the Republican primary, but Gooden returned in triumph in the Republican primary held on March 1, 2016.