First elected in 2018, Congressman Lance Gooden represents Texas’ 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 5th District stretches from Dallas County to Cherokee, Henderson, Kaufman, Anderson, Van Zandt, and Wood Counties.
In the 116th Congress, Congressman Gooden is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services where he serves as the Vice Ranking Member on the Housing, Community Development, and Insurance Subcommittee. Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Lance served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives and spent 10 years working as an insurance broker and risk management consultant.
Lance and his wife, Alexa, live in Lance’s hometown of Terrell with their one-year-old son Liam. They attend Rockwall & Brin Church of Christ.
Our borders and our immigration system are broken. The federal government has failed time and time again to secure our borders, which is our greatest national security risk today. We must know who is coming into our country in order to keep Americans safe, particularly at a time when terrorist organizations are growing more sophisticated and brazen.
Obamacare has been a miserable failure. It has not reduced costs. It has not increased access to quality, affordable health insurance, and for many the result has been skyrocketing premiums.
Rep. Gooden is a consistent and unwavering supporter of the 2nd Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. He has been endorsed multiple times by the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association for his work to strengthen the rights of Texans.
Rep. Lance Gooden was adopted at birth and understands, more than most, the importance of the sanctity of life. In the Texas Legislature his 100% pro-life voting record is one of the major reasons why Texas is on the front lines in the battle to protect innocent life in America.
It is unconscionable that we are spending taxpayer dollars to secretly settle sexual harassment claims against members of Congress, yet we cannot find the funds to adequately care for our military veterans. One of Rep. Gooden’s highest priorities will be ensuring that those who sacrificed so much for our freedoms get the care they deserve from the Department of Veterans Affairs, an entity that has been plagued by bureaucracy and mismanagement for decades. We need to overhaul the V.A. and bring transparency, accountability, and improved service to benefit our veterans and every American taxpayer who finances the department.
The best thing the federal government can do to make public education a top priority is get out of the way and stop trying to use one-size-fits-all policies to educate our children.
Throughout his tenure in the Texas Legislature, Rep. Gooden has been committed to low taxes and responsible budgets. In 2011, during his first session in the Texas House, Rep. Lance Gooden worked with Governor Perry and addressed the state’s $27-billion shortfall by passing one of the most fiscally conservative budgets in Texas history that slashed wasteful spending, excluded new taxes and protected the Rainy Day Fund.
In 2017, Lance Gooden and Governor Abbott worked together to ensure our state continued to budget responsibly, and despite a substantial revenue shortfall, produced another balanced budget that keeps state spending increases under population growth plus inflation, while staying well below all constitutional spending limits.
In Congress, Rep. Gooden will work to reduce the size of the IRS, create a more streamlined and simplified tax code, and free small business owners across the nation from excessive government interference.
The national debt in our country is out of control. At present, our federal government spends approximately $7 million a minute, and we face a debt of nearly $19 trillion. This is one of the defining issues of our time.
The policies of the Obama Administration have been disastrous for our national security. Our military has been decimated from the inside out, and we now have challenges ranging from ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism, to nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, to emerging powers such as Russia and China who are threatening our allies and the stability of democratic institutions around the world.