Wyeth Ruthven is a vice president at Qorvis MSLGROUP who has taken the lead in developing strategies that integrate emerging social media with the practice of public affairs. He is the author of multiple social media studies, including “Twitter Trends in 2009 Off-Year Elections: Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts,” “2010 Top Ten Races to Watch on Twitter” and a “Twitter Valuation Analysis of the 2012 Presidential Campaign.” These studies have been favorably covered by a variety of political trade publications. Ruthven led the development of Delegate Tracker, a social listening tool that tracked sentiment of nearly 3,000 delegates to the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
Before joining Qorvis MSLGROUP in 2009, Ruthven spent more than a decade in politics as a speechwriter, communications director and campaign strategist. He also served as press secretary to Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas. In this role, Ruthven was responsible for crafting messaging for a wide variety of legislative initiatives pending before the House Ways and Means Committee.
Ruthven is a veteran of more than two dozen campaigns in a variety of roles, including communications director and deputy legal counsel for the South Carolina Democratic Party during the 2004 election cycle. Ruthven’s experience also includes work as chief speechwriter to South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges and staff assistant for Senator Ernest F. Hollings.
Ruthven received Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Virginia.