Raul Ruiz delays release of personal finances

June 14th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz won’t be among the House members disclosing personal financial information today.

My Washington-based colleague, Raju Chebium, today reported that Ruiz has filed forms showing he needs a 30-day extension.

This will be the first time that Ruiz, a Palm Desert Democrat, files the required forms as a member of Congress.

It should be available by mid-July.

“Dr. Ruiz takes this process very seriously and wanted to use the time allotted to be diligent and especially thorough in completing the form,” spokeswoman Whitney Mitchell said in an email this morning.

Financial disclosures filed in May 2012 — as part of the campaign — showed Ruiz earned a combined $264,381 in 2011 from two jobs: emergency-room physician at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage and associate dean at University of California, Riverside’s medical school.

It also showed Ruiz owed $150,000-$200,000 in student loan debt. Ruiz earned a bachelor’s degree at UCLA and a medical degree from Harvard University.

Members of Congress, as well as California state lawmakers and local council members, are required to disclose their personal finances each year.

The forms are designed to provide transparency to government, allowing people to know what policy issues and votes would impact an elected leader’s personal bank account.

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