Steve Pearce (politician)
Stevan Edward Pearce (born August 24, 1947) is an American businessman and politician who served as the U.S. Representative for New Mexico's 2nd congressional district from 2003 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2019. He is a member of the Republican Party and was his party's unsuccessful nominee in the 2018 New Mexico gubernatorial election. On December 8, 2018, Pearce was elected Chair of the New Mexico Republican Party, replacing Ryan Cangiolosi.
|Chair of the New Mexico Republican Party|
|Assumed office |
December 8, 2018
|Preceded by||Ryan Cangiolosi|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New Mexico's 2nd district
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Harry Teague|
|Succeeded by||Xochitl Torres Small|
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Joe Skeen|
|Succeeded by||Harry Teague|
|Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives|
from the 62nd district
January 20, 1997 – January 13, 2001
|Preceded by||William Cruse|
|Succeeded by||Donald Bratton|
Stevan Edward Pearce
August 24, 1947
Lamesa, Texas, U.S.
Cynthia Pearce (m. 1982)
|Education||New Mexico State University (BBA)|
Eastern New Mexico University (MBA)
|Branch/service||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1970–1976|
|Unit||463rd Tactical Airlift Wing|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross|
- 1 Early life, education, and business career
- 2 New Mexico House of Representatives
- 3 2000 U.S. Senate election
- 4 U.S. House of Representatives
- 5 2008 U.S. Senate election
- 6 2018 gubernatorial election
- 7 Political positions
- 8 Personal life
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Early life, education, and business careerEdit
Pearce was born in Lamesa in Dawson County in west Texas but reared in Hobbs, New Mexico, where he currently resides with his wife, Cynthia. He attended college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, having earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics. Afterward, he received a Master of Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. While at New Mexico State University, Pearce was elected president of the student body.
He served in the Vietnam War as a C-130 pilot in the United States Air Force. Pearce flew over 518 hours of combat flight and 77 hours of combat support. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals, as well as seven other military medals and four exceptional service awards. Upon returning to the United States, Pearce was assigned to the Strategic Air Command at Blytheville Air Force Base, Arkansas. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Captain.
New Mexico House of RepresentativesEdit
He was elected as Republican Caucus Chairman and served on the Appropriations Committee.
2000 U.S. Senate electionEdit
He ran for the United States Senate in the seat held by longtime incumbent Democrat Jeff Bingaman. He lost in the Republican primary to former third district U.S. Congressman Bill Redmond 60% to 22%.
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
Eleven term incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Joe Skeen decided to retire. In the Republican primary, Pearce ran and won the five candidate field with a plurality of 35%. His closest challenger was rancher and businessman Edward R. Tinsley, owner of the K-Bob's Steakhouse, who got 27%. Coincidentally, both Pearce and Tinsley were reared in the small West Texas city of Lamesa in Dawson County. In the general election, Pearce defeated Democratic State Senator John Arthur Smith 56% to 44%.
Pearce won re-election to a third term against Democratic pastor Al Kissling 59% to 40%.
Pearce ran for the open Senate seat of retiring six term Republican US Senator Pete Domenici. He did not run for reelection to the 2nd District, making New Mexico's 2nd District an open seat race. Democratic business owner Harry Teague defeated Republican restaurateur Edward R. Tinsley 56% to 44%.
On August 1, 2009, Pearce announced his intention to take back his former congressional seat. On June 1, 2010, he won the Republican primary without any serious challengers. He was endorsed in the race by former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. He drew criticism from local media after an event in Los Lunas where he refused to say whether he believes Barack Obama is a natural-born U.S. citizen.
Pearce won reelection for a 5th term to Congress and 2nd consecutive term in 2012. He defeated Democratic former educator Evelyn Madrid Erhard 59% to 41%. During the campaign, Pearce's largest donors were Mack Energy Corporation and Yates Petroleum. Pearce received $209,600 from the oil and gas sector during the campaign cycle.
Pearce won re-election against Democrat Roxanne "Rocky" Lara with 64% of the vote.
Pearce won re-election against Democrat Merrie Lee Soules with 62% of the vote.
Pearce did not seek re-election to the House of Representatives in 2018, instead running unsuccessfully for Governor of New Mexico.
In 2005, Pearce was accused of having plagiarized articles from think tanks like the Heritage Foundation. The articles were published under Pearce's name in small papers throughout New Mexico. His press secretary, Jim Burns, admitted to having plagiarized the articles himself without Pearce's knowledge, and quickly resigned.
- Committee on Financial Services
2008 U.S. Senate electionEdit
On October 16, 2007, Pearce announced he would run for the Republican nomination to replace Pete Domenici in the U.S. Senate.
Fellow Republican Representative Heather Wilson had previously declared her candidacy in that race. 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."
In March 2008, Pearce garnered 55% of the vote at the Republican pre-primary nominating convention. He narrowly won the June 3, 2008 Republican primary.
2018 gubernatorial electionEdit
In July 2017, Pearce announced his run for Governor of New Mexico. to replace the term-limited Republican governor Susana Martinez. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Pearce lost to Democratic nominee Michelle Lujan Grisham, a fellow New Mexico U.S. Representative from the 1st district in the general election on November 6, 2018.
Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theoriesEdit
Pearce had denied climate change and rejected that there is a scientific consensus on the matter. He said that "in fact the last 17 years there has not been global warming" and that "there are 31,000 scientists who say that human action is not causing the global warming at all".
Pearce has been married to his wife Cynthia for over 20 years. In 2013, Pearce published a memoir called Just Fly the Plane, Stupid!. It received attention because Pearce controversially wrote in the memoir that a wife should "voluntarily submit" to her husband, just as the husband should "lovingly lead and sacrifice".
- "Steve Military Service | Pearce for Congress". Peopleforpearce.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "Full Biography | Congressman Steve Pearce". Pearce.house.gov. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- Singer, Paul (April 29, 2008). "Pearce Made Millions on Sale". Roll Call. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- "NM State House 62 Race – Nov 03, 1998". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "NM US Senate- R Primary Race – Jun 06, 2000". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "NM District 02 – R Primary Race – Jun 04, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "NM District 2 Race – Nov 05, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "NM District 2 Race – Nov 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "NM – District 02 Race – Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "New Mexico – Election Results 2008 – The New York Times". Elections.nytimes.com. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "Palin backs Pearce in New Mexico". Time. 2010-10-06.
- "Pearce camp refuses to say Obama is a natural-born US citizen". New Mexico Independent. 2010-10-07.
- "Earth to Pearce: Obama is a natural-born US citizen". New Mexico Politics. 2010-10-07.
- "NM – District 02 Race – Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- Reichbach, Matthew (2010-07-15). "Pearce outraises Teague in second quarter". New Mexico Independent. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "New Mexico General Election : November 6, 2012". Electionpeople.com. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "OpenSecrets.org; Steve Pearce". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- "Official Results General Election - November 4, 2014". New Mexico Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- "Election Night Results - November 8, 2016". New Mexico Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
- "Controversy Erupts Over Congressman's Plagiarized "Article"". Socorro News. 2005-04-27. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- "New Mexico's Pearce on quest to build reputation as 'consistent' : National-World : Albuquerque Tribune". Abqtrib.com. 2007-11-02. Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
- Bialik, Carl; Bycoffe, Aaron (25 September 2015). "The Hard-Line Republicans Who Pushed John Boehner Out". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- "Members". Congressional Constitution Caucus. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
- "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
- "Pearce Will Run for Senate". Albuquerque Journal. 16 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
- "Pearce calls voters, Wilson cries foul". KOB. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
- "Senate hopefuls don't inspire". Alamogordo Daily News. October 31, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
-  Archived April 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Coleman, Michael. "Pearce to run for governor of New Mexico". www.abqjournal.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "'Birther queen' a problematic ally". POLITICO. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
- Terkel, Amanda (2010-10-06). "Congressional Candidate Steve Pearce To Birther: 'Those Questions Need To Be Asked' (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
- "The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus". Retrieved 2018-04-20.
- "Pearce, Martinez share global warming doubts". NMPolitics.net. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
- "GOP candidates knock global warming". POLITICO. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
- Romo, Rene (August 6, 2004). "Candidates Debate Otero Mesa Drilling". Albuquerque Journal. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- Hansen, Heather (August 17, 2011). "The monumental fight over Otero Mesa". High Country News. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
- Blake, Aaron (22 January 2014). "GOP congressman's book: 'The wife is to voluntarily submit' to her husband". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
- Staff (5 January 2011). "Ten Southern Baptists sworn in as new reps". Baptist Press. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
- Steve Pearce at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|New Mexico House of Representatives|
| Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 2nd congressional district
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 2nd congressional district
Xochitl Torres Small
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from New Mexico
| Republican nominee for Governor of New Mexico
| Chair of the New Mexico Republican Party