(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.