Lance Gooden is a former and incoming Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District. In the 2010 primary election, Gooden with 50.5 percent of the vote upset the sixterm incumbent Republican Representative Betty Brown. Gooden had formerly been Browns legislative assistant.
Gooden won renomination to a second term in the Republican primary held on May 29, 2012. He polled 6,385 votes to 5,545 for his opponent, Stuart Spitzer, a surgeon from Kaufman, who was born and reared in Athens in Henderson County. Gooden was then unopposed for his second term in the general election held on November 6, 2012.