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.


Congressman Gooden has deep roots in our district. He grew up in Terrell, was raised by parents who were life-long public school educators, and graduated from Terrell High School. After earning degrees from the University of Texas in Finance and Government, he went to work as an insurance broker for energy and energy-related companies, negotiating on their behalf in the insurance marketplace and helping to protect them from lawsuits and other business risks.


Lance and Alexa were married in Shreveport, Alexa’s hometown, in 2016. They’re proud to call Terrell home and worship at the Rockwall & Brin Church of Christ in Terrell. They welcomed their first child, Liam Alexander Gooden, in February 2018.

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