Raul (Raul) Ruiz (D-36)

US Representative Raul Ruiz

Raul (Raul) Ruiz (D-36)
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Capitol: 202.225.5330
FAX: 202.225.1238
District: 951.765.2304
Room 2342 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0536
445 East Florida Avenue
Hemet, CA 92543
Residence:Palm Desert, CA

Committee Assignments

ChairmanCongressional Hispanic Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Burn Pits Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Caucus for Advancement of Studio, Talent (CAST), and Film Diversity
Vice ChairCongressional Diabetes Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change
FC MemberBipartisan Disaster Relief Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Work for Warriors Caucus
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberHouse Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Veterans' Affairs
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberAmerican Sikh Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cut Flower Caucus
FC MemberLaw Enforcement Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
FC MemberCalifornia Democratic Congressional Delegation
FC MemberCongressional #FutureForum Caucus
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberNew Democrat Coalition (NDC)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus


U.S. Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D., grew up in the community of Coachella, California, where both of his parents were farmworkers. Dr. Ruiz achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a physician through public education. After graduating from Coachella Valley High School, Dr. Ruiz graduated magna cum laude from UCLA. He went on to Harvard University, where he earned his Medical Degree, as well as a Masters of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a Masters of Public Health from the School of Public Health, becoming the first Latino to earn three graduate degrees from Harvard University. He completed his Residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. During his training, Dr. Ruiz served as a consultant to the Ministries of Health of both Serbia and El Salvador. Dr. Ruiz returned home after completing his medical training and began working as an Emergency Room doctor at Eisenhower Medical Center. Recognizing the physician shortage crisis in the Coachella Valley, Dr. Ruiz started a pre-medical mentorship program for young aspiring doctors, which has grown to include over 100 local students. The program became part of the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, where Dr. Ruiz served as a Senior Associate Dean. Through the group Volunteers in Medicine, he helped to open a free clinic to help underserved communities in the Coachella Valley. In 2010, Dr. Ruiz started the Coachella Valley Healthcare Initiative, which brought together stakeholders from across the region to address the local healthcare crisis. He has also worked internationally in the medical community. In 2010, Dr. Ruiz flew to Haiti immediately following the 2010 earthquake and served as the Medical Director for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne awarded him the Commanders Award for Public Service for his work. Dr. Ruiz continued his work as an Emergency Room Doctor until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. He represents California's 36th District, which includes the entire Coachella Valley, as well as the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Hemet and San Jacinto. He resides in Palm Desert, CA. Dr. Ruiz currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Dr. Ruiz also serves as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Monica   DOB: 8/25/1972
Counties Representing