Raul Ruiz

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Raul Ruiz
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U.S. House, California, District 36
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJanice Hahn (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$17.54 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,976,758
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUCLA
Master'sHarvard
M.D.Harvard
Personal
BirthdayAugust 25, 1972
Place of birthZacatecas, Mexico
ProfessionEmergency Room Physician
Net worth$263,006
ReligionSeventh-Day Adventist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Raul Ruiz (b. August 25, 1972, in Zacatecas, Mexico) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 36th Congressional District of California. He was first elected in 2012. He defeated incumbent Mary Bono Mack (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Ruiz was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" program in 2012.[1]

Ruiz is running for re-election in 2014. According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Ruiz is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014. The 36th Congressional District is a battleground in 2014.[2] He and Brian Nestande (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, and will face off in the general election.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ruiz is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Ruiz graduated magna cum laude from UCLA. He went on to earn three degrees from Harvard University -- a Medical Doctorate, a Master's in Public Policy and a Master's in Public Health.[3] In 1997, while studying at Harvard, Ruiz participated in a Thanksgiving protest in Plymouth, Massachusetts; he was arrested. Charges were dropped as part of a deal that also dismissed claims of police brutality.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Ruiz's professional and political career:[4]

  • 2011-2012: Associate dean, University of California-Riverside School of Medicine
  • 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Ruiz serves on the following committees in the 113th Congress:[5]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Ruiz's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Ruiz voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Ruiz voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Ruiz voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Ruiz voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Ruiz joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Ruiz voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Ruiz voted for HR 2775.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Ruiz voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Ruiz was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[22]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Ruiz voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Ruiz voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Ruiz voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Raul Ruiz's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Ruiz is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Ruiz received a score of 62 percent on social issues and 17 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]

Campaign themes

2014

Ruiz's campaign website lists the following issues:[29]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Reduce the deficit in a way that protects working families, retirees, and people who have lost their homes, jobs, and security during the last few years."
  • Breaking Gridlock
Excerpt: "As an Emergency Room physician, I’m trained to focus on solving problems and getting things done. When a patient is in the emergency room, it doesn’t matter whether they’re a Democrat or Republican, or who gets credit for solving the problem; all that matters is fixing the problem. That’s the approach I’ll bring to Congress."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Prepare all our children for success by making college affordable, investing in preschool and vocational training, and fully funding after school programs."
  • Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Always protect Social Security and Medicare from attempts to slash the guaranteed benefits California seniors have paid for and planned on."
  • Standing Up for What's Right
Excerpt: "The executive order to stop deporting young people who were brought here through no fault of their own is very important to me. Congress should stop playing politics and recognize that everyone has an interest in immigration reform."

Elections

2014

See also: California's 36th Congressional District elections, 2014
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Ruiz is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He and Brian Nestande (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Ray Haynes (R). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[30]

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Ruiz is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[31]

Ruiz is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[32]

U.S. House, California District 36 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Ruiz Incumbent 50.3% 41,443
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Nestande 34.8% 28,662
     Republican Ray Haynes 14.9% 12,232
Total Votes 82,337
Source: California Secretary of State

2012

See also: California's 36th Congressional District elections, 2012

Ruiz won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 36th District. He and Mary Bono Mack (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012. Ruiz then defeated Mack in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33][34]

U.S. House, California District 36 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Ruiz 52.9% 110,189
     Republican Mary Bono Mack Incumbent 47.1% 97,953
Total Votes 208,142
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Ruiz attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Ruiz is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ruiz raised a total of $1,976,758 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[35]

Raul Ruiz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 36) Won $1,976,758
Grand Total Raised $1,976,758


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ruiz's reports.[36]

Raul Ruiz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$51,293.74$344,824.88$(100,857.45)$295,261.17
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$295,261.17$423,417.81$(89,322.38)$629,356.60
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$629,356.60$322,183.49$(75,607.15)$875,932.94
Year-End[40]January 31, 2014$875,932$413,723$(91,649)$1,198,007
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$1,198,007$432,340$(113,706)$1,516,641
Pre-Primary[42]May 22, 2014$1,516,641$216,643$(97,073)$1,636,211
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2014$1,636,211$320,639$(48,427)$1,908,424
Running totals
$2,473,771.18$(616,641.98)

2012

Ruiz won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Ruiz's campaign committee raised a total of $1,976,758 and spent $1,933,069.[44] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[45]

Cost per vote

Ruiz spent $17.54 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Ruiz's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-53,986 and $579,999. That averages to $263,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Ruiz ranked as the 325th most wealthy representative in 2012.[46] Between 2011 and 2012, Ruiz's calculated net worth[47] decreased by an average of 21 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[48]

Raul Ruiz Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$333,262
2012$263,006
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-21%
Average annual growth:-21%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ruiz is a "centrist Democratic follower" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Ruiz received in June 2013.[51]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[52]

Ruiz most often votes with:

Ruiz least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Ruiz missed 29 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.7 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[53]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Ruiz ranked 185th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[54]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Ruiz voted with the Democratic Party 80.1 percent of the time, which ranked 185th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[55]

2013

Ruiz voted with the Democratic Party 91 percent of the time, which ranked 170th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[56]

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References

  1. Political Insider, "Ruiz added to DCCC ‘Red to Blue’ list," April 24, 2012
  2. Washington Post, "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," accessed December 7, 2012
  3. Raul Ruiz Campaign Website, "About Raul," accessed April 25, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Raul Ruiz," accessed June 14, 2013
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 On The Issues, "Raul Ruiz Vote Match," accessed June 19, 2014
  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  29. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 24, 2014
  30. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  31. Washington Post, "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," accessed December 7, 2012
  32. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  33. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  34. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  35. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Raul Ruiz," accessed March 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Ruiz July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  44. Open Secrets, "Raul Ruiz 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  45. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  46. OpenSecrets, "Raul Ruiz (D-Calif), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  48. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  51. GovTrack, "Raul Ruiz," accessed July 21, 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Raul Ruiz," accessed July 18, 2014
  53. GovTrack, "Raul Ruiz," accessed July 21, 2014
  54. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
Janice Hahn
U.S. House, California, District 36
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
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