Steve Pearce

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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
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$20,364,007
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Stevan Edward "Steve" Pearce (b. August 24, 1947, in Lamesa, Texas) 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 a former pilot and U.S. Air Force captain, decorated for his service in the Vietnam war. After leaving the military, he and his wife, Cynthia, owned and operated Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services firm.[2][3]

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.

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.

Pearce is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[2]

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Pearce listed some of his campaign themes on his website:[7]

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

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

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.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: New Mexico's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Pearce is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014. 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.[10] 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.[16]

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

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.[17]

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.[18]
U.S. House, New Mexico, 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

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.[19]

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%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. [20]

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.[21]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Pearce's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $7,483,015 to $33,245,000. That averages to $20,364,007, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 10.05% from 2010.[22]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Lujan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $8,033,014 to $37,245,000. Averaging to a net worth of $22,639,007 which is higher than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[23]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Pearce tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 52nd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[24]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Pearce tied with four other members of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 36th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[25]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Steve Pearce has voted with the Republican Party 93.5% of the time, which ranked 186th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[26]

2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Steve Pearce has voted with the Republican Party 92.4% of the time, which ranked 132nd among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[27]

Personal

Pearce and his wife, Cynthia, have one child together and reside in Hobbs, New Mexico.[28]

See also

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "PEARCE, Stevan, (1947 - )"
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Stevan Pearce's Biography," accessed June 13, 2013
  4. Steve Pearce, U.S. Congress "Steve's Story"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce, Proudly Representing the 2nd District of New Mexico "Committees and Caucuses"
  7. Campaign website "issues"
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  10. NMPolitics "Pearce Cruising Toward Re-election," August 4, 2011
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Steve Pearce," Accessed April 22, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Steve Pearce 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Steve Pearce 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 4, 2011
  19. Gov Track "Stevan Pearce," Accessed June 13, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Steve Pearce," Accessed April 17, 2013
  21. LegiStorm, "Steve Pearce," Accessed October 2, 2012
  22. OpenSecrets.org "Steve Pearce (R-NM), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Steve Pearce (R-NM), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  28. Campaign website "About"
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
Succeeded by
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