Steve Pearce’s parents were sharecroppers and not very successful ones at that. The house they lived in was tiny and wasn’t more that a converted chicken coop. Stevan’s father would tell the story when the wind blew, his mother needed to put cardboard in the windows to keep the sand out. At that time Steve was the youngest of 3 children.
One day Steve’s mother realized that the crops were failing and there was no future if they stayed. So the family moved to find better pay. That would lead to a move and starting at the bottom rung of an oilfield camp. Work in the oil fields and as a roustabout allowed Stevan’s father and mother to feed the family and scrape by.
Life in the oil field camps was hard. Steve’s mother would be the engine that drove the family forward to achieve. She instilled hope for better prospects. Both of his parents taught him the grit and determination to push forward and see the job done. But it was his mom that made sure he knew you always wanted to be striving upward.
Eventfully there would be six Pearce children, all growing up in New Mexico. Early on Steve’s mother signed everyone up fo 4-H, the program of youth organizations that helps instill character and skills. In Lea County, 4-H was particularly focused on values and agriculture. The organization's motto is, “To make the best better.” That motto encapsulates the American spirit and hope for our children and our nation.
But for Steve Pearce, 4-H expanded his world, made friends and learned to raise and feed animals especially pigs. Steve remembers the joy and camaraderie of those days, but also the principles that were instilled in him by his parents including faith and respect for others. The sense of community and caring about neighbors would stick deep down inside Steve.
Growing up, Steve Pearce and his sister and brothers all were taught to keep working and building more. With time, all his siblings would move away from New Mexico looking for that better life. They valued where they came from, but like many, opportunity pulled them away from New Mexico. Steve Pearce would be the one who stayed.
Steve Pearce stayed because he loved New Mexico. He saw, the same as others, that a lot of people felt future opportunities for themselves and their families lay elsewhere in America. That passion for his community would lead Steve to run for political office. He stayed because he wants the people in our state to have the opportunities and hope that he learned growing up. Steve Pearce know that the future of New Mexico is different from the where he grew up. But he wants that future to be one, where it is normal that people want to stay here because there is a future of hope and prosperity for everyone at every level and in every community.