|U.S. House, California, District 36|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Janice Hahn (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Date of birth||August 25, 1972|
|Place of birth||Coachella, California|
|Profession||Emergency Room Physician|
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.
In April 2012, Ruiz was named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" program. The program identified districts across the country to provide additional fundraising and campaign support. There were 35 Democratic candidates across the country on the list.
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
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 June 5, 2012, blanket primary. 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"|
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."
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|
|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|
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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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 Open Congress 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.
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- 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
- Raul Ruiz Campaign Website "About Raul," Accessed April 25, 2012
- Political Insider "Ruiz added to DCCC ‘Red to Blue’ list," April 24, 2012
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- 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
- Campaign website, Issues
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Raul Ruiz," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Raul Ruiz 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- GovTrack, "Raul Ruiz," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Ruiz, (D-Cali), 2011"
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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