Texas Congressional District 8 candidate Christian Collins has received his first endorsement from a sitting member of Congress: Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX).
“I’m proud to endorse Christian Collins in the TX-8 Congressional race. Christian Collins is a fierce conservative and strong fighter for President Trump’s America First agenda. He’ll be a great addition to our Texas Republican delegation,” said Gooden.
Gooden, a Republican from Terrell, began his political career in the Texas State Legislature, serving in the Texas House from 2011 to 2015 before being unseated by movement conservative Stuart Spitzer in the 2014 primary. Gooden defeated Spitzer in a rematch the next election cycle to return to the Texas House.
Gooden ran successfully for Texas’ 5th Congressional District, which sprawls across several rural counties east of Dallas, after the incumbent Jeb Hensarling retired.
Political observers have noted that Gooden underwent something of a political transformation around the time he was elected to Congress. In the Texas House, Gooden had been close with the Austin establishment and was an ally of moderate then-speaker Joe Straus. However, once elected to Congress, Gooden is became one of the most conservative members of Congress.
“I’m honored to earn the endorsement of Lance Gooden, one of the most Conservetive members with top Liberty Scores of anyone in Congress and a strong advocate for the America First Agenda,” said Collins. “I look forward to fighting alongside him as a part of the Texas Republican Delegation.”
Correction: The original version of this article mistakenly stated that Gooden is a member of the Freedom Caucus. The article has been updated to reflect that he is not a member of the Freedom Caucus.
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