Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM, will sign his new book in Roswell Wednesday that details his life’s journey from his childhood on a farm in Hobbs to his life as a Congressman in Southeast New Mexico.
Pearce’s book, “Just Fly the Plane, Stupid!” describes how he grew up the son of a sharecropper on a hardscrabble farm, became an Air Force pilot and flew in the Vietnam War, later owned a company in the oil industry and then was elected to Congress.
The book signing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Archives Building of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, 208 N. Lea Ave.
In the book, Pearce describes his life from the time he was born in 1947 to a large, working-class family and raised in Hobbs, where he now lives with his wife, Cynthia.
His father worked as a roustabout in the oilfields. He was one of six children who grew up on a farm.
Written from a first-person perspective, Pearce begins his story inside the cockpit of his 1984 Mooney 231 single-engine aircraft, describing in detail the moments he spent alone one harrowing night during a flight in stormy weather across west Texas.
Pearce served as a combat pilot in the U.S. Air Force, flying a C-130 in the Vietnam War. He flew more than 518 hours of combat flight and 77 hours of combat support. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals, seven military medals and four exceptional service awards.
After leaving the service, he and his wife owned and operated Lea Fishing Tools, an oilfield services company in Hobbs.
The book is Pearce’s personal story of overcoming poverty and other insecurities to achieve success, according to the promotional materials.
“This book is a compilation of the events that shaped my life,” Pearce writes.