Lance Gooden

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Lance Gooden
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Texas House of Representatives, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionConsultant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Lance Gooden is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Gooden attended Terrell High, where his father was the head football coach, and earned degrees in finance and government from the University of Texas. Gooden works as an insurance and risk-management consultant. He is from Terrell.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gooden served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
House Administration
Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Licensing & Administrative Procedures

2011-2012

Gooden served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Stuart Spitzer defeated incumbent Lance Gooden in the Republican primary. Spitzer will face Frederick Stralow (L) in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gooden ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 4. Gooden defeated Stuart Spitzer in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Texas House of Representatives District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLance Gooden Incumbent 54.4% 8,159
Stuart Spitzer 45.6% 6,827
Total Votes 14,986

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

In the March 2 Republican primary election, Gooden defeated incumbent Betty Brown by a margin of 9,095-8,918. Brown was seeking her seventh term. Gooden won election to the District 4 seat, defeating Melissa Pehle-Hill (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 4
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Lance Gooden (R) 14,904 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gooden is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gooden raised a total of $773,899 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[7]

Lance Gooden's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 4 Won $496,838
2010 Texas State House, District 4 Won $277,061
Grand Total Raised $773,899

2012

Gooden won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gooden raised a total of $496,838.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lance Gooden's campaign in 2012
Texas House Leadership Fund$24,019
Rees-Jones, Trevor$20,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$15,406
Wilson, Rick & Sandra$14,400
Bennett, Monty$14,000
Total Raised in 2012$496,838
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Gooden won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Gooden raised a total of $277,061.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[8] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[9]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation, and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[9]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[10] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

Lance Gooden received a grade of D+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Gooden's endorsements includedd the following:

  • Texas Right to Life
  • National Rifle Association
  • State Senator Bob Deuell
  • Recipient of the "Civil Justice Leadership Award" from Texans for Lawsuit Reform
  • Recipient of the "Fighter for Free Enterprise" award from the Texas Association of Business

Note: A full list of Gooden's 2012 endorsements can be found on his website, here.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Betty Brown (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 4
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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