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
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 birthCoachella, California
ProfessionEmergency Room Physician
Net worth$326,505
ReligionSeventh-Day Adventist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Raul Ruiz (b. August 25, 1972 in Coachella, California) 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 a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" program in 2012.[1]

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Ruiz is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[2]

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 Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in Public Health.[3]

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]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 36th congressional district elections, 2014

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Ruiz is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[6]

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.[7]

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 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.[8][9]

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"

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Ruiz's campaign website listed the following issues:[10]

  • 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."

Campaign donors

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.[11]

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

2012

Breakdown of the source of Ruiz's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[12]

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 June 4, 2013.[13]

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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.[15]

Voting with party

2013

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.[16]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Janice Hahn
U.S. House, California, District 36
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by
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