Riti Pathak (born Riti Pandey) was born on 1 July 1977 in Village Khatkhari of District Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh (present-day District Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh) to Smt. Shyama Pandey (Homemaker) and Shri Ramkaran Dev Pandey (Lawyer).

She was brought up in Rewa. She did her bachelor’s degree (BA) in history and Hindi literature followed by master’s degree in history (from Girls Degree College, Rewa). Being a daughter of a lawyer, law and order were in her blood which inclined her to complete her LLB (The Bachelor of Laws).

While in School and college she was also active in co-curricular activities and completed her all three NCC Certificates by her graduation. She was Joint Secretary at GDC in 1994-95

With inspiration and support from her family, she started social works for women in her home constituency area. She was introduced to Politics when she contested for Jila Panchayat Adhyaksh, Sidhi and won. In 2014, she contested the election from constituency Sidhi of Madhya Pradesh and won by the margin of 1,08,046 votes. She is currently sitting member of 16th Lok Sabha.