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Steve Pearce

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Steve Pearce
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U.S. House, New Mexico
In office
2003-2009, January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)6
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
New Mexico House of Representatives
Bachelor'sNew Mexico State University
Master'sEastern New Mexico University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1970-1976
Date of birthAugust 24, 1947
Place of birthLamesa, Texas
ProfessionPilot, Business Executive
Office website
Campaign website
Stevan Edward "Steve" Pearce (b. August 24, 1947) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Mexico. Pearce was elected by voters from New Mexico's 2nd congressional district.


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.[1]


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. His wife and he then owned and operated Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services firm.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Pearce serves on the following committees:[3]

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


Political positions

Specific Votes

Rep. Heinrich voted for the stimulus bill.[4] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [5]

Heinrich also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[6] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[7]

Heinrich supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[8] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[9]

Finally, Heinrich voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[10] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[11]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Steve Pearce voted with the Republican Party 92.4% of the time, which ranked 132nd among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[12]



On November 2, 2010, Pearce was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth non-consecutive term. He defeated Harry Teague (D).[13]

United States House, New Mexico General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Pearce 55.4% 94,053
     Democratic Harry Teague 44.6% 75,708
Total Votes 169,761

Campaign donors


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.[14]


See also

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Teague
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joe Skeen
U.S. House of Representatives - New Mexico District 2
Succeeded by
Harry Teague
Preceded by
New Mexico House of Representatives
Succeeded by