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, 2013
Years in position (current service)3
Years in position (previous service)6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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
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
ReligionBaptist
Websites
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. He is running for re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pearce is a "rank-and-file Republican".[1]

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. His wife and he then owned and operated Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services firm.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Pearce serves on the following committees:[4]

  • 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

Pearce lists some of his campaign themes on his website:[5]

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

Political positions

Elections

2012

See also: New Mexico's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Pearce is running for re-election in 2012.[6] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and will face Evelyn Madrid Erhard in the November general election.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Pearce was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth non-consecutive term. He defeated Harry Teague (D).[7]

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

2012

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Pearce's reports.[8]

Steve Pearce Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 13, 2012$544,204.85$208,911$(70,867.56)$682,248.29
Pre-Primary[10]May 24, 2012$682,248.29$15,545$(71,156.09)$626,637.2
July Quarterly[11]July 12, 2012$626,637.2$223,517$(35,184.44)$814,969.76
July Quarterly[12]October 10, 2012$814,969.76$345,511.20$(321,698.52)$838,782.44
Running totals
$793,484.2$(498,906.61)

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.[13]
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

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.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[15]

Percentage voting with party

November 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.[16]

Personal

He is married to Cynthia.[17]

See also

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Teague
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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