Rita’s parents migrated post-war to Australia from Calabria, Italy and moved to Roleystone in the Perth Hills to establish an orchard. Rita grew up on the family orchard and worked during the school holidays and weekends helping pack and sort the fruit.

After graduating from university, Rita worked as an economist in Canberra and in Perth before being elected to State Parliament in 2008.

In 2013 Rita was appointed to Mark McGowan's Shadow Cabinet team. 

Rita is the Shadow Minister for Transport; Planning; Infrastructure; and Finance.

As a member of the WA Labor Opposition, Rita has been actively campaigning for better infrastructure for the local area. Rita is fighting to ensure that WA Labor wins the next election, so she can put in place Labor's positive plans for jobs, the METRONET public transport plan and improvement to roads in the area.

Rita is married with three young children, a six year old and five year old twins. They keep her busy but also focused on making sure we continue to make Western Australia a better place to live.

When not at Parliament or with her family, Rita can usually be found at the footy cheering on her team, the Fremantle Dockers.