"The year 2008 will one day be regarded as one of the most pivotal political years of our nation's history, as important as 1776, 1860, 1941 and 1980," Goode said. "My decision to run for United States Congress is not to further the advancement of any political party, but for the advancement of ideas that will establish a new covenant for the conservative movement."
Goode resigned his position as chief public and government affairs officer with Indiana State University last September in order to fully focus on the congressional campaign.
A Terre Haute South High School graduate, Goode also has two degrees from ISU and is working toward a doctorate from Virginia Tech University in public administration and policy.
Goode was at ISU from 2002-07. Immediately prior to that he served as Chief of Staff for former Congressman Brian Kerns from 2000-01. From 1996-2000, Goode worked as one of former Congressman Ed Pease's aides with a focus on National Security, Transportation and Education.
Goode personally assisted Pease during the House Impeachment hearings against former President Bill Clinton.
Goode supports Indiana Right to Life and is a life-member of the Gun-Owners of American and also belongs to the National Rifle Association.
He is also a Freemason at Terre Haute's Social Lodge No. 86 and belongs to the Wabash Valley Scottish Rite and Zorah Shrine in addition to being a deacon at First Baptist Church in Terre Haute.
He also belongs to the local Kiwanis Club and serves on the board at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
He and his wife, Leslie, have a 2-year-old son, Jackson.