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Steve Pearce (politician)

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Preceded by  Harry Teague
Political party  Republican
Spouse  Cynthia Pearce
Succeeded by  Donald E. Bratton
Nationality  American
Succeeded by  Harry Teague
Role  U.S. Representative
Preceded by  Joe Skeen
Name  Steve Pearce

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Born  August 24, 1947 (age 68) Lamesa, Texas, U.S. (1947-08-24)
Residence  Hobbs, New Mexico, U.S.
Office  Representative (R-NM 2nd District) since 2011
Previous office  Representative (NM 2nd District) 2003–2009
Education  Eastern New Mexico University (1991), New Mexico State University (1970)
Similar People  Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, Harry Teague, Heather Wilson, Jeff Bingaman

Congressman steve pearce

Stevan Edward Pearce (born August 24, 1947) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously held the seat from 2003 to 2009 and was an Assistant Minority Whip.


He is currently the only Republican in the New Mexico Congressional Delegation.

After being punished by house leadership for trade vote rep steve pearce speaks out

Early life, education, and business career

Pearce was born in Lamesa in Dawson County in west Texas but reared in Hobbs, New Mexico, where he currently resides with his wife, Cynthia. He attended college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, having earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics. Afterward, he received a Master of Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. While at New Mexico State University, Pearce was elected president of the student body.

He served in the Vietnam War as a C-130 pilot in the United States Air Force. Pearce flew over 518 hours of combat flight and 77 hours of combat support. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals, as well as seven other military medals and four exceptional service awards. Upon returning to the United States, Pearce was assigned to the Strategic Air Command at Blytheville Air Force Base, Arkansas. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Captain.

Pearce and his wife owned and operated Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services company in Hobbs, New Mexico, until they sold the business in 2003 to Key Energy Services for $12 million.


Pearce was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1996 and re-elected in 1998, both times unopposed.

Committee assignments

He was elected as Republican Caucus Chairman and served on the Appropriations Committee.

2000 U.S. Senate election

He ran for the United States Senate in the seat held by longtime incumbent Democrat Jeff Bingaman. He lost in the Republican primary to former third district U.S. Congressman Bill Redmond 60% to 22%.



Eleven term incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Joe Skeen decided to retire. In the Republican primary, Pearce ran and won the five candidate field with a plurality of 35%. His closest challenger was rancher and businessman Edward R. Tinsley, owner of the K-Bob's Steakhouse, who got 27%. Coincidentally, both Pearce and Tinsley were reared in the small West Texas city of Lamesa in Dawson County. In the general election, Pearce defeated Democratic State Senator John Arthur Smith 56% to 44%.


Pearce won re-election to a second term against Democratic State Representative Gary King 60% to 40%.


Pearce won re-election to a third term against Democratic pastor Al Kissling 59% to 40%.


Pearce ran for the open Senate seat of retiring six term Republican US Senator Pete Domenici. He did not run for reelection to the 2nd District, making New Mexico's 2nd District an open seat race. Democratic business owner Harry Teague defeated Republican restaurateur Edward R. Tinsley 56% to 44%.


On August 1, 2009, Pearce announced his intention to take back his former congressional seat. On June 1, 2010, he won the Republican primary without any serious challengers. He was endorsed in the race by former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. He drew criticism from local media after an event in Los Lunas where he refused to say whether he believes Barack Obama is a natural-born U.S. citizen.

Pearce defeated incumbent Democrat Harry Teague 55% to 45%.


Pearce won reelection for a 5th term to Congress and 2nd consecutive term in 2012. He defeated Democratic former educator Evelyn Madrid Erhard 59% to 41%. During the campaign, Pearce's largest donors were Mack Energy Corporation and Yates Petroleum. Pearce received $209,600 from the oil and gas sector during the campaign cycle.



In 2005, Pearce was accused of having plagiarized articles from think tanks like the Heritage Foundation. The articles were published under Pearce's name in small papers throughout New Mexico. His press secretary, Jim Burns, admitted to having plagiarized the articles himself without Pearce's knowledge, and quickly resigned.

Accomplishments in 112th Congress
  • As Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, he helped introduce the Jobs Frontier Report.
  • Introduced H.R. 3615, the Accountability in Unemployment Act, that calls for drug testing to receive unemployment benefits.
  • Introduced a resolution to create a virtual Congress, enabling Members of Congress to vote and debate from their home districts.
  • Drilling in Otero Mesa

    Pearce has been a long-time advocate of oil and gas drilling in Otero Mesa.

    Committee assignments

  • Committee on Financial Services
  • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises
  • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
  • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  • Caucus memberships

  • Co-Chair of the Border Security Caucus
  • Vice-Chairman of the Native American Caucus
  • Vice-Chairman of the Sportsman Caucus
  • Freedom Caucus.
  • Republican Study Committee
  • Congressional Hispanic Conference {associate member}
  • Congressional Constitution Caucus
  • 2008 U.S. Senate election

    On October 16, 2007, Pearce announced he would run for the Republican nomination to replace Pete Domenici in the U.S. Senate.

    Fellow Republican Representative Heather Wilson had previously declared her candidacy in that race. In late October 2007, Pearce made 130,000 automated phone calls to justify his opposition to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill that would have provided health benefit to children, which the Wilson campaign claimed "Pearce violated House ethics by urging those he called to contact him through his official, non-campaign phone number or check out his official, non-campaign Web site."

    In March 2008, Pearce garnered 55% of the vote at the Republican pre-primary nominating convention. He narrowly won the June 3, 2008 Republican primary.

    Pearce ran against U.S. Congressman Tom Udall who represented New Mexico's 3rd congressional district but lost to him in the general election, 61% to 39%.

    Personal life

    Pearce has been married to his wife Cynthia for over 20 years. In 2013, Pearce published a memoir called Just Fly the Plane, Stupid!. It received attention because Pearce controversially wrote in the memoir that a wife should "voluntarily submit" to her husband, just as the husband should "lovingly lead and sacrifice".

    Pearce attends Taylor Memorial Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist church in Hobbs.


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