Rep. Raul Ruiz examines patient Mary Hernandez at a free medical clinic in Indio. It's the first time he's practiced medicine since going to Washington.
For the first time in 17 years, the Palm Springs area is not represented in Washington by Mary Bono Mack. She was the last Republican woman in California's Congressional delegation until she was defeated in November by emergency room doctor Raul Ruiz in a race that drew national attention.
KPCC's Ben Bergman recently caught up with Ruiz on a visit to his district.