|Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) is now serving his second term in Congress. Steve was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, after having won a five-way primary election, and he came out on top in one of the nation's toughest congressional battles-and one of the most contested races in Southern New Mexico's history.
Upon the commencement of the 108th Congress, Pearce joined a short list of other freshman members to be tapped as an Assistant Majority Whip. He also serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Financial Services Committee and the House Resources Committee. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert asked Pearce to tackle senior issues when he assigned Pearce to the newly formed Prescription Drug Task Force. Hastert also tapped him to be a leader on the Task Force for Affordable Natural Gas. Majority Leader Tom Delay asked Pearce to serve on the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), and to help find solutions to the nation’s looming energy crisis.
Steve Pearce was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1996 and re-elected in 1998. Steve served as Republican Caucus Chairman and was selected as "Outstanding Legislator" by the New Mexico Technology Showcase for his work in economic development using technology.
Steve and his wife Cynthia raised their family in Hobbs, New Mexico. Together they owned and operated Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services firm. They grew that firm 10-fold in 10-years, increasing employment from four to over 40. Steve and Cynthia were honored by the Association of Commerce and Industry with the VIVA Award for outstanding business in New Mexico. The Pearce's sold their business in order to focus primarily on family and the business of Congress.
Steve was a pilot in the Air Force, serving in the Philippines, flying missions into Vietnam. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. Returning to the US, he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command at Blytheville Air Force Base, Arkansas. He separated honorably with the rank of Captain.
Born in 1947, Steve was raised in Hobbs, New Mexico. He attended New Mexico public schools, and graduated from New Mexico State University with a BBA degree in economics and from Eastern New Mexico University with an MBA. Steve was elected Student Body President at NMSU.
Steve is very involved with his community and his church and is a life-long participant and supporter of 4-H. He has been inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.