Whittaker was born in Eureka, Kansas and was educated in the Greenwood County public schools. He attended the University of Kansas from 1957 to 1959, and Emporia State University during the summer of 1959. Whittaker earned his Doctor of Optometry degree (O.D.) from Illinois College of Optometry in 1962, and began practice as an optometrist. He was clinic director for the Kansas Low Vision Clinic in 1973.
Whittaker was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1991). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1990 to the One Hundred Second Congress. He is a resident of Augusta, Kansas.
- United States Congress. "Bob Whittaker (id: W000426)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
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from Kansas's 5th congressional district
1979 – 1991
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