I’ve been married to Steve Pearce for 36 years, so I know him better than anyone. I’d like to share with you a little about the Steve that I know.
Steve grew up in a large family near Hobbs, and New Mexico is where his heart has always been. In fact, our home is not too far from where he grew up.
Steve is who he is in large part because of where he grew up: caring, hard-working, generous, devoted to family and community, and strong in spirit and faith. He’s also been a terrific father to our daughter and now grandfather to her two children.
Like any married couple, Steve and I are partners in life. But we were also literally partners in business. In 1988, we started our own business. Steve and I are soul mates, but in some ways we are very different. We are blessed in that our skills and tendencies seem to complement each other’s, and make a pretty darn good team. Together we built our business, and over the years we employed dozens of our New Mexico neighbors.
For Steve, the people who worked at our company were more than just employees. They had families they were providing for, and dreams they were trying to make come true. Steve felt a strong responsibility to the people who helped us build our company, and that drove him to work even harder.
Nothing shows that more than during the oil bust of 1999. Everywhere people were being laid off. But we decided that we weren’t going to do that. We kept everyone on board. No employee lost their home or experienced deep economic crisis. It was very difficult. It came near to breaking our company. But we did it, because Steve and I knew it was the right thing.
That caring and devotion is what led Steve to run for Congress. That was a tough decision, to leave the company we built from scratch. But he looked at how Washington, D.C was failing our state, and how decisions made thousands of miles away were hurting people around us, and he knew he had to do something about it. I’m proud he ran, because he did it for the right reasons-he wanted to help people and our nation. When he was elected, we sold the business to concentrate 100% of Steve´s time and energy on policy and serving the people of the Second District of New Mexico.
In Congress, Steve worked harder than ever. For a man who worked in the oil fields until his hands were raw, that’s really saying something. He constantly travels around our district, driving from town to town to meet with people, listen to what they need, and find out what he can do to help. It doesn't matter if people are Independents, Republican or Democrat or anything else, he cares about helping people. He stays so focused on people that he always leaves his watch set to New Mexico time.
When Steve gets home, he tells me about the people he met and their stories. So many of these stories are heartbreaking. People trapped in poverty who need jobs but can’t find them. Families torn apart by drug addiction. Parents who are worried sick about their children’s future. People all over New Mexico need things to change for the better.
This is why Steve made the commitment to run for Governor, because he wants to help people. I know he’s the best person for the job.