An Effective Legislator You Can Trust

Bob Whistler was born in Oklahoma and is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Bourassa family. At age three, his family moved to California and he was raised and received most of his elementary education in the San Diego area. He received his Associate of Arts Degree in Math/Science from San Diego City College.

He continued his formal education at California State University at Los Angeles and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Chemistry.


Career Background

Most of his primary career was in the transportation industry, beginning first with United Airlines for nine years, and then moving on to American Airlines for the next 36 years. He worked both in sales and field services. While with American, he was the primary senior corporate executive in Richmond, Virginia where he was the city General Manager. After serving there for 10 years, he was moved to Dallas/Ft. Worth, where he was a shift operational manager responsible for the daily operation of Terminal C at the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport.

After leaving American, Bob went into the promotional sales business, and he is the owner of the Native American business, RedMan I Am Promotions, which he oversees and runs today.

During the Course of His Airline Career

He served on the Board of Directors of the Kentuckiana Boy Scouts of America. While in Richmond, he served on the Board of Directors of The Urban League of Greater Richmond where he worked at getting jobs for minority high school students in the summer.

Bob Has Served in Several Government Areas

As a City Councilman for one term in the City of Bedford, Texas where he was instrumental in getting them to adopt zero-based budgeting.

In 2007, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation amended their Constitution and created a three department government, similar to that used by the US Federal Government. Bob chose not to run for reelection with the City of Bedford, in order to represent his people in District 3 of his Nation.

Bob Is in His Third Term

As the representative for District 3 where is represents one-eighth of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation citizens that live outside the tribe's primary location in Oklahoma. He is responsible for ensuring the half a billion-dollar budget is justified and reviews and approves legislative items pertinent to the tribal operation.


In Concert with His Tribal obligations

Besides being an elected representative forthe Citizen Potawatomi Nation and running his own business, Bob served as President on the Board of Directors of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas. He has been a member of their Executive, Legislative, and Education/Mentoring committees. Bob has also served as an Ambassador for the American Indian Heritage Day of Texas organization.  He is active in various Native American meetings and activities.