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Steve Pearce

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Joe Skeen
Succeeded by Harry Teague

Born August 24, 1947 (1947-08-24) (age 62)
Lamesa, Texas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cynthia Pearce
Residence Hobbs, New Mexico
Alma mater New Mexico State University,
Eastern New Mexico University
Occupation pilot, business owner
Religion Baptist
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1970-1976
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Stevan Edward Pearce (born August 24, 1947) is an American politician from the U.S. state of New Mexico. He represented New Mexico's 2nd congressional district as a Republican in the United States House of Representatives 2003 to 2009. He was an Assistant Minority Whip.

On June 3, 2008, he won the Republican nomination for the United States Senate but lost the general election to Tom Udall on November 4th.


Early and family life

Pearce was born in Lamesa, Texas but resides in Hobbs, New Mexico. He attended college at New Mexico State University, earning a degree in economics. Afterward, he received an MBA from Eastern New Mexico University. Steve has been married to his wife Cynthia for over 20 years, and together they operate a small oilfield services company called Lea Fishing Tools. Pearce also served in Vietnam as a pilot for the Air Force, and is still an avid pilot today.


New Mexico House of Representatives

Pearce was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1996 and re-elected in 1998. In 2000, he ran for the United States Senate but lost by a wide margin in the Republican primary to former third district Congressman Bill Redmond.

U.S. House of Representatives

Pearce was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2002, following 11-term Representative Joe Skeen's retirement. In the primary, he defeated rancher Edward R. Tinsley, the owner of the K-Bob's Steakhouse chain in Texas and New Mexico. In 2008, Tinsley ran again when Pearce vacated the seat but was instead defeated by the Democrat Harry Teague of Hobbs.

In 2005, Pearce was accused of having plagiarized articles from think tanks like the Heritage Foundation.[1] The articles were published under Pearce's name in small papers throughout New Mexico. His press secretary, Jim Burns, admitted to having plagarized the articles himself without Pearce's knowledge, and quickly resigned.[2]

Committee Assignments


  • Co-Chair of the Border Security Caucus
  • Vice-Chairman of the Native American Caucus
  • Vice-Chairman of the Sportsman Caucus

United States Senate campaign, 2008

On October 16, 2007, Pearce announced he would run for the Republican nomination to replace Pete Domenici in the U. S. Senate.

Primary election

Fellow Republican Representative Heather Wilson had previously declared her candidacy in that race.[3] In late October 2007, Pearce made 130,000 automated phone calls to justify his opposition to the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) bill that would have provided health benefit to children, which the Wilson campaign claimed "Pearce violated House ethics by urging those he called to contact him through his official, non-campaign phone number or check out his official, non-campaign Web site."[4][5]

In March 2008, Pearce garnered 54.51% of the vote at the Republican pre-primary nominating convention. [6] He won the June 3, 2008 Republican primary.

General election

Pearce was endorsed by the Campaign for Working Families, the National Right to Life Organization, the Susan B. Anthony List, the Club for Growth, and the Albuquerque Police Officer's Association.[7]

Pearce ran against U.S. Congressman Tom Udall who represents New Mexico's 3rd congressional district but lost to him in the general election, 61% to 39%.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Skeen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 2003 - January 3, 2009
Succeeded by
Harry Teague
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pete Domenici
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Mexico
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