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|U.S. House, California, District 36|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Janice Hahn (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$17.54 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Birthday||August 25, 1972|
|Place of birth||Coachella, California|
|Profession||Emergency Room Physician|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.2 Campaign themes
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
Ruiz graduated magna cum laude from UCLA. He went on to earn three degrees from Harvard University -- a Medical Doctorate, a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in Public Health.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Ruiz's professional and political career:
- 2011-2012: Associate dean, University of California-Riverside School of Medicine
- 2013-Present: U.S Representative from California
Ruiz serves on the following committees in the 113th Congress:
- Natural Resources Committee
- Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
- Subcommittee on Health
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. For more information pertaining to Ruiz's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Ruiz voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Ruiz voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
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.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
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.
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.
Ruiz's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
- 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."
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.
Ruiz won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 36th District. He and district 45 incumbent 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.
|U.S. House, California District 36 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mary Bono Mack Incumbent||47.1%||97,953|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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.
|Raul Ruiz's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (California, District 36)||$1,976,758|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,976,758|
|Raul Ruiz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$51,293.74||$344,824.88||$(100,857.45)||$295,261.17|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$295,261.17||$423,417.81||$(89,322.38)||$629,356.60|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$629,356.60||$322,183.49||$(75,607.15)||$875,932.94|
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. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Ruiz spent $17.54 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, California District 36, 2012 - Raul Ruiz Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,258,741|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$2,423,516|
|Top contributors to Raul Ruiz's campaign committee|
|Emergency Medical Physician||$20,250|
|Emergency Medicine Physicians||$10,950|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Ruiz most often votes with:
Ruiz least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Ruiz missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Ruiz's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$26,987 and $679,998. That averages to $326,505, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Ruiz has voted with the Democratic Party 91.0% of the time. This ranked 170th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Raul + Ruiz + California + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Political Insider "Ruiz added to DCCC ‘Red to Blue’ list," April 24, 2012
- Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
- Raul Ruiz Campaign Website "About Raul," Accessed April 25, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Raul Ruiz," Accessed June 14, 2013
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Campaign website, Issues
- Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
- Unofficial election results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Raul Ruiz," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Raul Ruiz Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Raul Ruiz April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Raul Ruiz July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Raul Ruiz October Quarterly," Accessed October 21, 2013
- Open Secrets "Raul Ruiz 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Gov Track "Raul Ruiz," Accessed June 4, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Raul Ruiz," Accessed July 31, 2013
- GovTrack, "Raul Ruiz," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Ruiz, (D-Cali), 2011"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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