Lance Gooden, U.S. Representative for Texas

Lance Gooden

U.S. Representative for Texas

Lance Carter Gooden was born in December 1982 in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned a B.A. in government and a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas, Austin. 

He served a total of six years in the Texas House of Representatives before being elected to the United States House of Representatives, assuming office in January 2019. 

Gooden is married to Alexa Calligas and they have one son. He is a member of the Church of Christ. 

In the News…

Representative Lance Gooden of Texas says illegal immigrants are being provided letters asking the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to allow them to skip normal identification verification requirements because they lack official documents, instead being put through an alternate security screening process that checks luggage and ensures they aren’t carrying dangerous objects.

Gooden says he evidenced such a letter provided by a 46-year-old Honduran migrant who was allowed to travel from San Diego, where he had been detained, to Louisiana earlier this year. 

“The individual(s) standing in front of you have recently been discharged from a U.S. immigration detention facility and must cross the country to present themselves for an ICE check-in approximately two weeks from now,” the letter read. “They are currently showing you all of their identifications in their possession, which should be adequate for them to be able to be searched in Secure Flight.” 

The congressman added some U.S. air marshals have told his office they have arrived on what are supposed to be empty planes for a preboarding security sweep, only to find a migrant already pre-boarded. 

Former acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan has also sounded the alarm, saying that national security is jeopardized when federal officials do not definitely know the identity of people being let into the U.S. He adds that well-funded nongovernmental organizations have become an essential part of transporting people into the interior of the country. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Representative Gooden today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Lance Gooden 
Representative for Texas 
1722 Longworth House Office Building 
Washington, DC 20515 


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