Democratic Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz is one of four federal legislators who today will receive The Bipartisan Policy Center’s 2018 Legislative Action Awards.

Others to receive the award are: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN).

The awards are presented annually to members of Congress within their first six years in office who work to build consensus, elevate the tenor of the debate, practice civility, and advance legislation on pressing issues.

Raul Ruiz

Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz

“My life mission is to serve others. As an emergency physician, I am devoted to my patients and now as a Congressman I put people above partisanship and solutions over ideology,” said Ruiz. “Since my first day in Congress, I have made it a top priority to work with anyone who has a good idea, Republican or Democrat, to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing my constituents and our nation. I am truly humbled that this problem-solving approach has been recognized by the Bipartisan Policy Center and I look forward to continuing to serve my patients and my constituents through thoughtful, bipartisan solutions.”

The awardees will be honored at a reception today, March 14, at the BPC offices in Washington, D.C.

“The 2018 Legislative Action Award recipients embody the spirit of productive partisanship,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “Through action and achievement, these leaders prove that it is not necessary to compromise principle to achieve bipartisan progress. The members we will honor next week give me optimism about our Congress and the nation.”

The diverse Award Selection Committee is comprised of BPC’s senior leadership and board members, co-chairs of BPC’s Commission on Political Reform, and representatives from businesses and non-profits, who provide their key input in determining our awardees.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy. As a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, BPC works to address the key challenges facing the nation. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both ends of the political spectrum. We are currently focused on health, energy, national security, the economy, financial regulatory reform, housing, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.