Rivera, a Republican and a graduate of Purdue and Indiana University School of Law, has been an attorney since 2003. She has served as a deputy prosecutor, a deputy public defender, a solo practitioner and a licensed real estate broker. She donates pro bono hours to an animal rescue organization and elderly clients.
She has served as judge pro tempore in Marion Superior Courts and the Perry Township Court.
Rivera has been involved with the GOP since 2005. In 2016 she was elected to the Perry Township Board, a position she still holds.
She and her husband, Troy, have three children, and they attend St. Mark Church. She helped establish the PTO at St. Roch School and served as secretary.
Rivera now serves as secretary of the Glenns Valley Elementary School PTA.