After a holiday break, Members of Congress went back to work today. And to mark the occasion, Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz released a lengthy self-evaluation of his first year in office.
Similar to anyone who reviews their own job performance, Ruiz’s Year-One Legislative and Constituent Services Report is pretty glowing.
Here’s how his staff summarized it:
“In his first year in office, Congressman Ruiz upheld his promises to protect Social Security and Medicare, to improve government transparency, to work with both Democrats and Republicans and find solutions to our common problems, and worked to ensure veterans receive the benefits they have earned,” the report states. “He established a strong, independent record of working to improve the lives of his constituents.”
Many of the issues raised in the 12-page report, emailed to reporters Monday, have been covered over the last year. They include Ruiz’s work on veterans issues and his support of immigration reform.
He also referenced what he called “a strong, independent record of working to improve the lives of his constituents.” That independence included bucking the party line on some health care-related votes, including being one of 39 Democrats who helped passed a GOP bill out of the House that would have given insurers another year to offer health care plans that don’t meet the new federal requirements.
But rather than rehash those issues, we thought we’d digest the report in a different way:
7: Number of introduced bills that Ruiz highlighted in the report
6: Number of co-sponsored bills that Ruiz touted
160: Number of meetings and events held with local constituent groups
30: Number of previously mentioned events highlighted in the report
$1.2 million: Amount Ruiz said he helped secure for the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and the Salton Sea.
771: Number of cases Ruiz’s office opened to help local residents
610: Number of cases closed
Ruiz’s first-year record will inevitably be challenged in this year’s election, when Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande tries to unseat the Palm Desert Democrat.