Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. was first elected to Congress in 2012, representing California’s 36th congressional district, which includes several communities in the Inland Empire. Congressman Ruiz won re-election in 2014 and 2016 and serves as the only Democratic physician 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. Also in 2017, the Congressman cosponsored H. Res. 23, reaffirming the United States’ longstanding commitment to a two-state solution.