Candidate Details

Dr. Raul Ruiz

House - Incumbent

Rep. Raul Ruiz was first elected to Congress in 2012, representing California’s 36th congressional district, which includes several communities in the Inland Empire. Prior to running for Congress, Rep. Ruiz was a practicing physician, and he was the first Latino to receive three graduate degrees from Harvard University. Congressman Ruiz won re-election in 2014, 2016, and 2018 and serves on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Congressman Ruiz is a strong supporter of J Street’s pro-peace, pro-Israel initiatives in Congress. In 2017, he co-signed the Price-Dent letter, urging continued diplomacy with Iran and he was a strong voice for the Give Diplomacy a Chance initiative. Dr. Ruiz was a vocal supporter of the Obama administration’s efforts to craft the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to address Iran’s nuclear program and he also signed a  2015 letter drafted by Congresswoman Schakowsky in support of a diplomatic solution with Iran. He has been a frequent supporter of J Street’s legislative priorities, and he is a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.