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Stevan E. "Steve" Pearce is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the second district of the State of New Mexico, since 2011. He previously held the seat between 2003 and 2009. In 2008 he won the 2008 Republican primary for retiring Sen. Pete Domenici's seat but lost to Democrat Tom Udall in the November general elections.


Positions, record and controversies

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Pearce Statement on Passage of Health Care Legislation. Pearce for Congress. 03/31/10. <>.

Pearce did not support the health care reform bill. He believes it spends too much money and won’t help those in need of health care. He supports reform but not government-run health care.


Pearce says that, "We have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among our society. In my view, no one is more vulnerable than the unborn. We must protect the sanctity of life which is why I consistently vote against measures that destroy or use life for research purposes. I oppose cloning and I oppose federal funding for organizations that support abortions." [1]. He voted yes on Prohibit Partial-Birth Abortion bill HR 760, Prohibit Partial-Birth Abortion bill S 3, and Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act HR 748. [2]. In 2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Representative Pearce a grade of 0.[3]. Representative Pearce supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee and recieved a 100 percent apprival rating from interest groups in 2005-2006.

Iraq War

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Stevan Pearce says on the Iraq war, "I believe the war on terror is this generation's great struggle. Like communism and fascism before, global terrorism threatens our people, our interests and our way of life. The first step to combating terror is to remain aggressive in seeking out and eliminating terrorist networks. If we do not hunt and root out terrorists when they plot and plan overseas, then we will surely be forced to fight them here in our own country." [4]. Pearce voted yes on the Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan HR 2642 and he voted no three times on the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 with Iraq Withdrawal Timeline HR 1591 [5]. Pearce also says that, "we must give our national security community the necessary tools to protect America. When Osama bin Laden makes phone calls to his operatives in this country, I believe we should be listening in. And last, all citizens must remain alert and aware. Often our first and last line of security is the vigilance of the American people." [6].

Environmental record

Pearce says on the issue of environment that, "I believe our land is a precious resource and we should protect, preserve and use it wisely. In Congress, I have sought to strike a reasonable balance between the preservation of lands to protect our natural heritage and opportunities that are critical to economy of New Mexico. Our state has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. I want to ensure they will be there for the next generation." [7]. He voted no on Renewable Energy Credits and Other Business and Individual Credits HR 7060, Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits HR 6899, Energy Bill HR 5351, and the Energy Act of 2007 HR 6. He voted yes on Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 HR 4939, New Hampshire Wilderness Act HR 5062, Outer Continental Shelf for Gas and Oil Amendment H Amdt 842, and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Land Exchange Act '02 HR 1409. [8] In 2007 Representative Pearce supported the interests of the Republicans for Environmental Protection and recieved a -3 percent interest group rating, but in 2006 2006 Representative Pearce supported the interests of the American Land Rights Association and recieved a 100 percent interest group rating.


Democrat backlash against US oil industry. Telegraph. 01/20/07. <>.

In 2007 a bill passed the House that would end tax breaks for oil companies and charge higher royalties. Republicans opposed the bill. In reference to Nancy Pelosi, Pearce stated, "The San Francisco Democrats want to run cars with wind."

Off-Shore Drilling: We can create jobs & protect our environment simultaneously. Pearce for Congress. 03/31/10. <>.

Pearce is opposed to Obama's energy policy. He supports offshore drilling, particularly on the Outer Continental Shelf. He believes it will create jobs and support American energy independence.

Agenda for America. Pearce for Congress. 01/18/04. <>.

Pearce does not support cap and trade legislation. He wants to increase the extraction of gas and oil in the U.S. while simultaneously developing clean energies.

CLEAN Energy Act resistance

Pearce opposed the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007, which addressed royalties and tax breaks previously afforded to oil and gas companies. He criticized the bill, stating "The San Francisco Democrats want to run cars with wind."[1][2]

Main article: CLEAN Energy Act of 2007#Support and opposition


In 2005, Pearce was embroiled in controversy when he was found to have plagiarized several articles which were published in small papers throughout New Mexico and attributed to him.[3] New Mexico Politics online [9] says that, "Congressman Pearce did indeed lift material from the Heritage Foundation for his editorials around the state ironically called "Straight talk." Another quote from this website says, "It appears that his March (19) El Defensor Chieftain article on Social Security was also lifted en masse from other sources — in this case, either the Republican National Committee Points or the National Federation of Republican Women Political Briefing. (I imagine the latter stole it from the former.) Much of the text of the article is identical to text at those sources." [10]




Battle in Washington could be key to Internet’s future. 06/29/10. The New Mexico Independent. <>.

New Mexico has funds earmarked for broadband expansion. Pearce opposes FCC regulations on the Internet, stating, "The success of Internet has come through investment, innovation and entrepreneurship. This attempt to implement so-called ‘net neutrality’ through FCC regulations is in direct opposition to these principles and will potentially hurt broadband expansion and investment in places like Southern New Mexico."

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Pearce was born August 24, 1947. Pearce served in Vietnam as a pilot for the Air Force, and is still an avid pilot.

He was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1996 and re-elected in 1998. In 2000, he ran for United States Senate but lost in the Republican primary.

Congressional career

Pearce received a 100% rating from the Christian Coalition, voted to limit prescription drug benefits for Medicare recipients, voted to support the war in Iraq, and voted to authorize $760 million a year to thin forests and limit judicial reviews of environmental protection rules for forests. [11]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Albert Donald Kissling to face Pearce in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [12] Pearce retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2010 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Barnes & Thornburg$ 41,800
Elliott Management$ 40,832
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 25,549
Krieg Devault LLP$ 22,300
MacAndrews & Forbes$ 21,875
Bank of America$ 21,200
Raytheon Co$ 20,250
Medco Health Solutions$ 20,000
US Steel$ 20,000
Cancer Treatment Centers of America$ 18,800
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Stevan Pearce
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity
  • House Committee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Economic Security Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness Science and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Intelligence Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment
  • House Committee on Resources
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
    • Subcommittee on National Parks Recreation and Public Lands - Chair
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Prescription Drug Task Force

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Stevan Pearce. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

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  • 2432 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2365 Fax: 202-225-4160
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See also


  1. Josef Herbert. "House Rolls Back Big Oil Subsidies," CBS News. January 19, 2007.
  2. "Democrat backlash against US oil industry," Telegraph. January 20, 2007.
  3. jpolley, "Controversy Erupts Over Congressman's Plagiarized "Article," April 27, 2005.

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