Personal Profile

Full Name Lance Gooden
Age 35
Hometown Terrell
Race White
Occupation Insurance Consultant
Education B.A. in government and B.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas

Lance Gooden, an insurance and risk-management consultant from Terrell, toppled his former boss, six-term incumbent Betty Brown, R-Athens, in the Republican primary and faced no Democratic challenger in the 2010 general election for HD-7. He attended Terrell High, where his father was the head football coach, and earned degrees in finance and government from the University of Texas. To address the budget shortfall, Gooden has pledged not to increase taxes.