Steve Pearce has served in Congress almost 14 years (2003-2009, 2011-current) and in that time he has been a champion for the people of New Mexico and getting results. Along with his strong conservative reputation he has also built a track record of working across party lines.
Pearce points out, “I have not been afraid to criticize Republicans when they are wrong and Democrats when they are wrong. Equally true, I am willing to work with both sides to get results.” He wasted no time making that point when he opposed both Republican John Boehner and Democrat Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Pearce developed a strong conservative reputation, opposing the reckless spending and spiraling debt that strangles our economy. He worked against radical environmentalists who would distort the Endangered Species Act to threaten jobs in New Mexico. In retaliation, they have set up a number of shadowy dark money groups and paid former Hillary Clinton’s political operatives to distort Pearce’s work.
Proving he can work across party lines, he joined with President Obama and other Democrats to reform and keep down the cost of college education; pass the Violence Against Women Act, and protect White Sands Missile Range.
He has opposed ObamaCare, but worked with Democrats on immigration reform and particularly to train the Border Patrol so they secure our border but treat people with respect.
Pearce has stood strong for our native American communities in a number of ways. He has been a national champion for the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHSDA). He stood with our Pueblos to reclaim their lost relics that were being kept in Europe and passed the Esther Martinez Act to preserve native American languages. He worked to get land returned to the Navajo and Zuni tribes after Fort Wingate was closed. This land will help give tribes the highway access they need to expand economic development.
While legislation often gets the most attention, Pearce has also worked to protect New Mexico families from the powerful Washington bureaucracy. He helped ranchers protect their water rights, opposed out-of-state corporations that threaten our military bases and stood up for Veterans being discarded by a broken VA system.
Throughout it all he has worked to support New Mexico jobs across the spectrum-from protecting funding for our national labs, preserving the critical testing and training missions at our military bases to expanding our agriculture and natural resource industries to preserve a rural economy.
Throughout his time, people have learned that Steve Pearce is a relentless champion for New Mexico values and families.