Steve Pearce

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Steve Pearce
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U.S. House, New Mexico, District 2
In office
2003-2009, January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position (current service)4
Years in position (previous service)6
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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. He ran for re-election in 2012 and won.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pearce is a "rank-and-file Republican".[2]


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]


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.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Pearce serves on the following committees:[5]

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


Campaign themes

Pearce lists some of his campaign themes on his website:[6]

  • 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.[7]



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

Pearce won re-election in 2012.[8] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and will face 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"


On November 2, 2010, Pearce was re-elected to the United States House for a fourth non-consecutive term. He defeated Harry Teague (D).[9]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Pearce's reports.[10]

Steve Pearce Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 13, 2012$544,204.85$208,911$(70,867.56)$682,248.29
Pre-Primary[12]May 24, 2012$682,248.29$15,545$(71,156.09)$626,637.2
July Quarterly[13]July 12, 2012$626,637.2$223,517$(35,184.44)$814,969.76
July Quarterly[14]October 10, 2012$814,969.76$345,511.20$(321,698.52)$838,782.44
Running totals


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.[15]


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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[17]

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.[18]


He is married to Cynthia.[19]

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