U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce announced Tuesday, Feb. 2 he has filed his petitions to run for re-election to Congress in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District.
Pearce, a resident of Hobbs, was first elected to the seat in 2002 and served three terms before he gave up the position to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate. He lost that race, but was re-elected to his seat in the House in 2010.
Pearce graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from New Mexico State University and an MBA from Eastern New Mexico University. During the Vietnam War, he served as a combat pilot, flying more than 518 hours of combat flight and 77 hours of combat support. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals.
Pearce and his wife, Cynthia, started Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services company in Hobbs, New Mexico, until they sold the business in 2003.