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Biography

Elected: 2010, 5th term.

Born: August 24, 1947, Lamesa, TX

Home: Hobbs, NM

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

Professional Career: Owner, Lea Fishing Tools.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Baptist

Family: Married (Cynthia) , 1 child

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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Election Results

2014 GENERAL
Steve Pearce
Votes: 94,607
Percent: 64.54%
Roxanne Lara
Votes: 51,976
Percent: 35.46%
2012 GENERAL
Steve Pearce
Votes: 133,180
Percent: 59.06%
Evelyn Erhard
Votes: 92,162
Percent: 40.87%
2012 PRIMARY
Steve Pearce
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Steve Pearce
Votes: 94,053
Percent: 55.4%
Harry Teague
Votes: 75,708
Percent: 44.6%
2010 PRIMARY
Steve Pearce
Votes: 33,021
Percent: 84.81%
Cliff Pirtle
Votes: 5,913
Percent: 15.19%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (55%), 2006 (59%), 2004 (60%), 2002 (56%)

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