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Steve Pearce
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U.S. House, New Mexico, District 2
Incumbent
In office
2003-2009, January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position (current service)3
Years in position (previous service)6
PartyRepublican
PredecessorHarry Teague (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.42 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$13,733,966
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
2003-2009
New Mexico House of Representatives
1997-2001
Education
Bachelor'sNew Mexico State University
Master'sEastern New Mexico University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1970-1976
Personal
BirthdayAugust 24, 1947
Place of birthLamesa, Texas
ProfessionPilot, Business Executive
Net worth$22,569,007.50
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Stevan Edward "Steve" Pearce (b. August 24, 1947, in Lamesa, TX) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Mexico. Pearce was first elected by voters from New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District in 2010. He recently won re-election in 2012.[1] Pearce was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Evelyn Madrid Erhard in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Pearce is currently the only Republican member of New Mexico's congressional delegation - his two U.S. House colleagues and both U.S. Senators from New Mexico are Democrats.

Pearce is seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of New Mexico. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Pearce is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills. Despite this rating, Pearce has been ranked among the most conservative voters in the House by the National Journal for both 2011 and 2012, indicating that he leans further to the right than his Republican colleagues with the same "average" rating.[2]

Biography

Pearce was born in Lamesa, Texas. He earned a B.A. from New Mexico State University in 1970 and an M.A. from Eastern New Mexico University in 1991.[3]

Career

After graduating from New Mexico State University, Pearce was a pilot in the Air Force, serving in the Philippines and flying missions into Vietnam. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Returning to the US, he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command at Blytheville Air Force Base, Arkansas. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Pearce serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Pearce served on the following committees:[6]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprise
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Pearce's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Pearce voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Pearce voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Pearce voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Pearce voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[11] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[12] Pearce voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Pearce voted against HR 2775.[14]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Pearce voted in support of HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Clay was 1 of 144 Democrats who opposed the bill, while 44 voted for it.[15][9]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Pearce voted in support of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[16][9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Pearce voted in support of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[17][9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Pearce voted in support of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines. Pearce co-sponsored the bill.[17][9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Pearce voted in support of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Pearce voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[18]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Steve Pearce's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Pearce is a Hard-Core Conservative. Pearce received a score of 20 percent on social issues and 96 percent on economic issues.[19]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[20]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[19]

Campaign themes

2012

Pearce listed some of his campaign themes on his website:[21]

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Shrinking government
  • Jobs
  • Veterans
  • Energy

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Pearce is one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club," a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[22]

Elections

2014

See also: New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Pearce is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Mexico's 2nd District. Pearce ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[23] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Pearce won re-election in 2012.[24] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and faced Evelyn Madrid Erhard in the November general election.

U.S. House, New Mexico District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Evelyn Madrid Erhard 40.9% 92,162
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Pearce Incumbent 59.1% 133,180
     Write-In Jack McGrann 0.1% 173
Total Votes 225,515
Source: New Mexico Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pearce is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Pearce raised a total of $13,733,966 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[30]

Steve Pearce's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House, (New Mexico, District 2) Won $1,687,074
2010 US House, (New Mexico, District 2) Won $2,451,279
2008 US House, (New Mexico, District 2) Won $4,690,979
2006 US House, (New Mexico, District 2) Won $1,420,871
2004 US House, (New Mexico, District 2) Won $1,884,568
2002 US House, (New Mexico, District 2) Won $1,599,195
Grand Total Raised $13,733,966

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pearce's reports.[31]

Steve Pearce (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 12, 2013$598,927.07$94,179.85$(87,193.69)$605,913.23
July Quarterly[33]July 12, 2013$605,913.23$204,335.80$(52,218.32)$758,030.71
October Quarterly[34]October 11, 2013$758,030.71$356,080.18$(60,165.31)$1,053,945.58
Year-End Quarterly[35]December 31, 2013$1,054,295$132,092$(93,029)$1,093,158
April Quarterly[36]April 14, 2014$1,093,158.35$362,695.45$(75,272.46)$1,380,581.34
Running totals
$1,149,383.28$(367,878.78)


2012

Breakdown of the source of Pearce's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Pearce won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Pearce's campaign committee raised a total of $1,687,075 and spent $1,121,521.[37] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[38]

Cost per vote

Pearce spent $8.42 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Pearce's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Pearce was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a second term. His campaign committee raised a total of $2,451,279 and spent $2,417,905.[39]
U.S. House, New Mexico District 2, 2010 - Steve Pearce Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,451,279
Total Spent $2,417,905
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,088,025
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,066,529
Top contributors to Steve Pearce's campaign committee
Yates Petroleum$27,161
Marbob Energy$24,000
Devon Energy$18,550
Chesapeake Energy$15,000
Contran Corp$13,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$328,770
Retired$183,895
Leadership PACs$109,804
Livestock$83,735
Real Estate$63,320

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pearce's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $7,983,015 and $37,245,000 . That averages to $22,569,007.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Pearce ranked as the 27th most wealthy representative in 2012.[40] Between 2004 and 2012, Pearce's calculated net worth[41] increased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[42]

Steve Pearce Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$20,589,933
2012$22,614,007
Growth from 2004 to 2012:10%
Average annual growth:1%[43]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[44]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pearce is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[45]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[46]

Pearce most often votes with:

Pearce least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Steve Pearce missed 159 of 6,025 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.6 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[45]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Pearce paid his congressional staff a total of $841,013 in 2011. Overall, New Mexico ranks 23rd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[47]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Pearce tied with two other House Republicans, ranking 52nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[48]

2011

Pearce tied with four other House Republican, ranking 36th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[49]

Voting with party

2013

Steve Pearce voted with the Republican Party 92.1 percent of the time, which ranked 155th among the 234 House Republican members as of August 2013.[50]

2011

Steve Pearce voted with the Republican Party 92.4 percent of the time, which ranked 132nd among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[51]

Personal

Pearce and his wife, Cynthia, have one child together and reside in Hobbs, New Mexico.[4]

"Just Fly the Plane, Stupid" Controversy

Pearce received attention for comments in his memoir, "Just Fly the Plane, Stupid," specifically his thoughts on the proper relationship between husband and wife. Pearce wrote that "the wife is to voluntarily submit [to her husband], just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice...The wife’s submission is not a matter of superior versus inferior; rather, it is self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband." Pearce contextualized the statements, writing "authoritarian control is not given to the husband" and that submission does not equal inferiority, but that the family unit is most effectively run when structured similar to military command, with different units playing different roles.[52]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "PEARCE, Stevan, (1947 - )"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Steve Pearce, U.S. Congress, "The Steve Pearce Story"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, Proudly Representing the 2nd District of New Mexico, "Committees and Caucuses"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 Project Vote Smart, "Steve Pearce's Political Summary," accessed September 12, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Congress.gov, "H.R.273 - To eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees.," February 25, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 11, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Chicago Sun-Times, "How they voted," accessed August 9, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 On The Issues, "Steve Pearce Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  20. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  21. Campaign website, "Issues"
  22. RedState, "Fight Club," accessed March 6, 2013
  23. Associated Press, "New Mexico Summary Vote Results," June 3, 2014
  24. NMPolitics, "Pearce Cruising Toward Re-election," accessed August 4, 2011
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Steve Pearce," accessed April 22, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Pearce Summary Report," accessed May 1, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "People for Pearce April Quarterly," accessed May 1, 2014
  37. Open Secrets, "Steve Pearce 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  38. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Steve Pearce 2010 Election Data," accessed December 4, 2011
  40. Open Secrets, "Steve Pearce (R-NM), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  41. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  42. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  43. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  44. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  45. 45.0 45.1 GovTrack, "Stevan Pearce," accessed June 13, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Rep. Stevan Pearce," accessed August 22, 2013
  47. LegiStorm, "Steve Pearce," accessed October 2, 2012
  48. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  49. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. Washington Post, "GOP congressman’s book: ‘The wife is to voluntarily submit’ to her husband," accessed January 22, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Teague (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico District 2
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Joe Skeen
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico District 2
2003-2009
Succeeded by
Harry Teague
Preceded by
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New Mexico House of Representatives
1997-2001
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