Deputy President William Ruto has named Rigathi Gachagua his running mate in the run-up to the August 9, 2022, general election.
Gachagua is the incumbent Mathira Member of Parliament and was elected on the Jubilee party ticket but shifted to United Democratic Movement (UDA) party under the Kenya Kwanza coalition.
Gachagua went through Kabiruini Primary School for his primary education before proceeding to Kianyaga High School for his secondary school education.
He studied Political Science at the Marine Corps University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Literature from the University of Nairobi.
He is a former District Officer in Ngarua division in Laikipia and Kakamega having served during the Moi era before he left to work for his brother, the late Nderitu Gachagua, who was a governor for Nyeri County.
He started as an assistant secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Heritage in 1989, before being promoted to become a District Officer.
Notably, Gachagua served as the Personal Assistant for President Uhuru Kenyatta between 2001 and 2006, when the latter was the Minister for Local Governments.
He is listed as a director for Ridor Group of Companies.