PALM DESERT, Calif. -

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, announced his  subcommittee assignments today.

      Ruiz, an emergency room doctor who beat 14-year-incumbent Mary Bono Mack  in November to win the 36th Congressional District seat, will serve on:

      -- the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, part of the  Natural Resources Committee;
      -- the Subcommittee on Water and Power, also a part of the Natural  Resources Committee, and;
      -- the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, part  of the Committee on Veterans Affairs.

      "My subcommittee assignments will allow me to be an effective advocate  for the people and communities I represent," Ruiz said. "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."

      Ruiz, an emergency room doctor, beat 14-year incumbent Mary Bono Mack in  November and was sworn-in this month. A ceremonial swearing-in is set for  Thursday in Indio.