The son of farmworkers, Dr. Raul Ruiz was raised in the Coachella Valley. He worked his way through college and medical school and came back to serve his community as an emergency room doctor.
In Congress, Dr. Ruiz is taking the lead to create new manufacturing jobs right here and help veterans get the benefits they’ve earned. He’s kept his promise to protect Social Security and Medicare and he’s working to invest in education so our children have great opportunity. Solving problems for us. Dr. Raul Ruiz for Congress.
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Dr. Raul Ruiz grew up in the community of Coachella, California, where both of his parents were farmworkers. From a young age, he aspired to become a doctor, and worked to make his dream a reality. After graduating from high school, he went door-to-door in his community to ask local business owners to help him pay for college, making a promise to return home and practice medicine.
He graduated magna cum laude from UCLA and went on to Harvard to earn his Medical Degree, as well as degrees from the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Public Health, becoming the first Latino to earn three graduate degrees from Harvard. Dr. Ruiz fulfilled his promise to return home after completing his medical training, and worked in the Emergency Department at Eisenhower Medical Center.
Since returning home, Dr. Ruiz has worked to fulfill his mission to serve the community. Recognizing that parts of his district have a dire physician shortage crisis, he started a pre-medical mentorship program for students who also want to be doctors, which has grown to include 100 students. The program has now become a 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 the underserved of the Coachella Valley. In 2010, he started the Coachella Valley Healthcare Initiative, which brought together stakeholders from across the region to address the local healthcare crisis. His work has not been limited to his home; for his 2010 medical work in Haiti, he was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne.
Seeking to expand his impact on the community, Dr. Ruiz announced his candidacy for Congress in September of 2011. After a hard-fought campaign, Dr. Ruiz prevailed over his opponent, seven-term incumbent Mary Bono Mack.
As a Member of Congress, Dr. Ruiz has developed a reputation for being an effective representative and a bipartisan problem solver. From day one, he focused on the issues that matter most to the people he serves. That’s why the first bill Dr. Ruiz introduced was to help create new manufacturing jobs right here in America. He also secured $1 million dollars in federal funds to support local small businesses. Ruiz worked across party lines to provide the first bipartisan budget since 1986 that cut the deficit by $23 billion. He partnered with a Republican Congressman to pass legislation that improves veterans’ benefits. He stood up to his own party leaders to support improvements in the Affordable Care Act and make it work for the people in his district. And he’s helped hundreds of local veterans, seniors, small business owners, and other citizens navigate the federal government and get the assistance and service they need.
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Dr. Raul Ruiz is not a politician; he is a public servant and physician, dedicated to serving the community. The son of farmworkers, Raul grew up in Coachella and learned at an early age that the key to attaining the American Dream was hard work and a great education. In the summer of 1990, under the hot desert sun, Raul walked from business to business in the Coachella Valley asking them to invest in their community – by contributing to his education. With each investment for college, he made a promise to come back home and serve his community as a physician. [Read More]