Pearce Announces Staff Reorganization

Jan 24, 2013

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  Las Cruces, NM (January 24, 2013) - Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce announced changes to his congressional staff.

Barbara Romero of Socorro will serve as District Director.  In this role, Romero will oversee Rep. Pearce’s offices and operations in New Mexico, including his constituent casework and outreach.  Among her many responsibilities, she will direct the Congressman's schedule and public events in New Mexico, such as town halls and job fairs.  Romero has worked for Rep. Pearce for over eight years, most recently serving as his Deputy District Director in the 112th Congress.  

Jessica Blake has been named Legislative Director.  Working from Rep. Pearce’s Washington office, Blake will lead Rep. Pearce’s legislative team, which drafts bills and amendments, reviews legislation under consideration, and corresponds with constituents on legislative matters.  She will also aid Rep. Pearce with his work on the Financial Services committee.  Blake, a graduate of Tulane University, has extensive policy experience and a strong background in energy and economics issues.  Having received her master’s degree in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Blake is fluent in Spanish.

Fred Huff of Las Cruces has come aboard as District Policy Advisor.  Huff, a lifelong land access advocate, has worked closely with Rep. Pearce on land issues since Pearce was first elected to Congress in 2002.  Huff has extensive experience with land rights issues and other policy pertaining to New Mexico, and will aid Congressman Pearce in his work on New Mexico lands management and resource policy.  Huff has a career background in computers and technology, and is a former computer instructor at Doña Ana Community College.

Eric Layer has returned to Rep. Pearce’s staff as Communications Director.  Working from Rep. Pearce’s Los Lunas office, Layer will oversee all Rep. Pearce’s communications activities, including his website, social media and weekly radio show.  Layer will also serve as the primary contact for all media outlets.  A graduate of NMSU, Layer previously served as Rep. Pearce’s Press Secretary before leaving to complete his master’s degree in the UK in 2011.