Congressman Raul Ruiz gets engaged to long-time girlfriend

February 13, 2014
(Mary Bono Mack/AP Photo) (Mary Bono Mack/AP Photo)

On Monday, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Ca.) confirmed to his hometown newspaper that he and long-time girlfriend, Monica Rivers, got engaged in December. Ruiz, a former emergency room doctor, and Rivers, an emergency room nurse, have kept their relationship private over the years.

“It is with my heart’s delight to announce that Monica and I are engaged to be married,” wrote Ruiz in a statement to The Desert Sun. “She has been with me through thick and thin; she is my best friend, my partner, and confidant.”

The setting for the congressman’s big moment? Sunrise on the Mojave Desert at Joshua Tree National Park. Swoon.

Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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