As the founder of Ruggerio Willson & Associates, Rhett began his political career in Wilmington, Delaware where he ran a successful campaign for James M. Baker, defeating a long-time incumbent in 2000. Rhett spent the next 5 years as one of the top advisors to the Mayor and helped secure 2 more full terms for Baker, chairing Re-Election Campaigns in 2004 and 2008.
In 2005, Rhett started Rhett Ruggerio Government Relations LLC, which has grown into the successful Ruggerio Willson & Associates firm of today. Consistently ranked as one of the top firms in the state of Delaware, Ruggerio Willson & Associates represents a wide array of businesses, including many Fortune 500 companies.
In 2006, Rhett chaired the Delaware Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign, which included the late Beau Biden’s Attorney General win. In 2008, Rhett represented Delaware as National Committeeman and a super delegate to the DNC convention.
Rhett is currently leading the University of Delaware’s Government Relations Department as an interim head of the department.
He also serves as a board member to the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, the University of Delaware Department of Political Science and International Relations, and the Delaware Film Commission.
When not in Dover, Rhett can be found at the Indian River Inlet trying to shred waves or hanging with his wife and two daughters at a local soccer or lacrosse field.