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Rep. Lance Gooden

Representative for Texas’s 5th District

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Gooden is the representative for Texas’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Gooden is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Gooden is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 election, Gooden joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Gooden voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence.
Photo of Rep. Lance Gooden [R-TX5]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gooden is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Gooden has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 13, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 94% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gooden sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Immigration (100%)

Recent Bills

Some of Gooden’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gooden voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

Gooden voted Nay

Gooden voted Nay

Gooden voted Nay

Gooden voted Nay

Passed 373/45 on Feb 5, 2020.

Gooden voted Nay

Gooden voted Yea

Gooden voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Jan 2021, Gooden missed 22 of 971 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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