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Phone: 202-225-2365

Address: 2432 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (575) 522-0771

Address: 570 North Telshor Boulevard, Las Cruces NM 88011-8223

Roswell NM

Phone: (575) 622-6200

Address: 1717 West Second Street, Roswell NM 88201-2029

Socorro NM

Phone: (575) 835-8979

Address: 111 School of Mines Road, Socorro NM 87801-4533

Hobbs NM

Phone: (575) 393-6995

Address: 200 East Broadway, Hobbs NM 88240-8425

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Steve Pearce Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 5th term.
  • District: New Mexico 2
  • Born: Aug. 24, 1947, Lamesa, TX
  • Home: Hobbs
  • Education:

    NM St. U., B.B.A. 1970; Eastern NM U., M.B.A. 1991.

  • Professional Career:

    Owner, Lea Fishing Tools.

  • Military Career:

    Air Force, 1970-76 (Vietnam)

  • Political Career:

    NM House, 1996-2000; U.S. House, 2002-08.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (Cynthia); 1 children

Republican Steve Pearce first won the 3rd District seat in 2002, abandoned it for an unsuccessful Senate race in 2008, and then reclaimed it two years later in the Republican landslide. He has moved rightward since then, frequently criticizing Democrats as a member of the Financial Services Committee. Read More

Republican Steve Pearce first won the 3rd District seat in 2002, abandoned it for an unsuccessful Senate race in 2008, and then reclaimed it two years later in the Republican landslide. He has moved rightward since then, frequently criticizing Democrats as a member of the Financial Services Committee.

Pearce grew up in Hobbs, near the Texas line, and graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He served in the Air Force and flew missions during the Vietnam War. He returned to Hobbs and started an oil-field service company. In 1996, he was elected to the state House. When U.S. Rep. Joe Skeen, a Republican stricken with Parkinson’s disease, announced he would not run again, Pearce sought to succeed him. After winning the primary over two competitors, he beat Democratic state Sen. John Arthur Smith by a solid 56%-44% margin in the 2002 election.

In the House, Pearce usually votes with conservatives, though in his earlier House tenure he was more moderate on social issues. In his first floor speech after his return in January 2011, he called for repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care law and defended cutting taxes for the wealthy, saying that many people earning more than $250,000 a year are small business owners.

On Financial Services, Pearce joined in GOP attacks on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created under the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial services overhaul. He also lambasted Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in February 2013 for keeping interest rates low, depriving senior citizens of interest income; he invited Bernanke to attend a town meeting in his district “to get out among people who have manure on the bottom of their boots.”

As chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, he and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, urged Speaker John Boehner of Ohio in November 2012 to consider selling off or transferring public lands as a way to reduce the deficit. Pearce was one of nine Republicans in January 2013 to oppose Boehner for speaker, casting his vote instead for Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. Pearce’s spokesman said the congressman was upset over Boehner’s deal with Obama to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” in party by raising taxes on high-income earners.

During Pearce’s earlier stint in the House, he was the chairman of the National Parks subcommittee and made parks accessibility a priority. He proposed giving states and counties broad authority over rights of way on federal land, but made little progress on the measure before Democrats won majority control in 2006.

When Republican Sen. Pete Domenici declined to run for reelection in 2008, Pearce jumped into the race along with Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M. Pearce attacked Wilson for supporting the Democrats’ expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which he called “socialized medicine,” and for voting to raise taxes. Domenici endorsed her a few days before the June primary, but Pearce still won, 51%-49%. The primary drained Pearce’s war chest; however, and well-liked Democratic Rep. Tom Udall was able to significantly outspend him, $7.8 million to $4.6 million. Udall won the seat, 61%-39%.

Harry Teague, meanwhile, took advantage of the national Democratic wave in 2008 to capture Pearce’s House seat in a district where Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain narrowly prevailed over Obama in the presidential contest. In 2010, Pearce challenged Teague for his old job, attacking him for his vote in favor of the 2009 cap-and-trade bill to reduce carbon emissions, which Pearce argued would hurt the region’s oil and gas industry, and running ads calling Teague “one of the richest men in Congress,” while neglecting to mention his own personal fortune. (He had an average calculated wealth of more than $23 million, the Center for Responsive Politics reported in 2011.)

The national Republican tide proved too much for Teague, and Pearce won easily, 55%-45%. Less than two months into office, he pondered whether to make another run for the Senate, this time for the seat vacated in 2013 by retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman. But Pearce said he had no desire to repeat the earlier battle, which he said left him “bruised and out of money.” He easily won reelection to the House in 2012.

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Steve Pearce Election Results
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2012 General
Steve Pearce (R)
Votes: 133,180
Percent: 59.06%
Evelyn Erhard (D)
Votes: 92,162
Percent: 40.87%
2012 Primary
Steve Pearce (R)
Votes: 19,911
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (55%), 2006 (59%), 2004 (60%), 2002 (56%)
Steve Pearce Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 35 (L) : 64 (C) 22 (L) : 77 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 33 (L) : 66 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 31 (L) : 65 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) - (L) : 91 (C)
Composite 26.2 (L) : 73.8 (C) 15.2 (L) : 84.8 (C) 14.2 (L) : 85.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100100
LCV66
CFG7876
ITIC-58
NTU7975
20112012
COC88-
ACLU-7
ACU9288
ADA510
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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