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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 participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after the 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 discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Gooden voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
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 Aug 9, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Lance Gooden sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gooden sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Immigration (23%) Taxation (19%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) International Affairs (15%) Law (12%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Education (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Gooden recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Gooden voted Nay

Gooden voted Nay

Passed 361/69 on Mar 9, 2022.

Gooden voted Yea

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

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Aug 2022, Gooden missed 23 of 1,823 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is better than the median of 2.1% 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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