Birthdate: Aug. 24, 1947
Birth Place: Lamesa, TX, United States
Residence: Hobbs, NM
First Elected: 2010
State: New Mexico
District: District 2
Steve Pearce was born in Lamesa, Texas, and lives in Hobbs, N.M. He earned a bachelor's in economics from New Mexico State University and a master's in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University.
Pearce is a former Air Force pilot who flew missions in Vietnam. He and his wife ran an oilfield services business in Hobbs. He was elected to the New Mexico House in 1996 and was re-elected in 1998.
He made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2000.
Pearce was elected to the U.S. House from New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District in 2002 and served three terms before running for retiring Sen. Pete Domenici's seat in 2008. Pearce lost the general election to Democrat Tom Udall.
He won back his U.S. House seat in 2010.
Pearce and his wife, Cynthia, have a daughter.
Steve Pearce is a fiscal conservative who has made cutting wasteful government spending a hallmark of his tenure in the House.
"In Congress, I am working to get Washington to stop spending money we don't have on programs we don't need," he says on his congressional website.
Pearce, a Republican, represented New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District for three terms, from 2002 to 2008, when he made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate. He won back the House seat in 2010, and faces Democrat Evelyn Madrid Erhard in the November 2012 general election.
Pearce has staunchly supported gun ownership rights and tax cuts while opposing abortion and gay marriage.
He says on his campaign website that he is "working to reverse the government takeover of health care and support careful, specific legislation that will help you get affordable access to the health care you need." He supports the creation of health care savings accounts and the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
In February 2012, he voted against extending the payroll tax holiday through the end of the year. In a statement, he called his decision difficult. "While I am always in favor of putting money back in the pockets of New Mexicans, we simply cannot continue spending money we do not have," he said.
Pearce has said on the campaign trail and in office that members of both parties have abused the earmarking process.
He wants to lower taxes on families and small businesses and stop what he calls the expansion of entitlements.
Pearce is opposed to cap-and-trade legislation and calls for increasing domestic energy production and developing alternative sources of energy.
He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
Source: Associated Press