Rep. Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert announces his House subcommittees

Rep. Raul Ruiz announced Tuesday he will serve on four House subcommittees in his first two-year term that began this month.

The Palm Desert Democrat previously announced his two House Committees: Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs.

Under the Natural Resources umbrella, he’ll sit on the subcommittees for Indian and Alaska Native Affairs; and Water and Power. The former would focus on issues for tribes such as those in the Coachella Valley. The latter would include federal water issues such as the all-important Colorado River.

For the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, he’ll be on the subcommittees for Health; and Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. The health subcommittee would appear to be in the emergency room physician’s bailiwick. He last worked at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage and has said he plans to continue practicing to some extent while serving in Congress.

“My subcommittee assignments will allow me to be an effective advocate for the people and communities I represent,” Ruiz said in a statement Tuesday.

“I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues on these subcommittees to make a direct and meaningful impact in the 36th District and across the nation.”

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