MEET ROB QUIST
Rob Quist: Putting Montanans First
Rob Quist will be an independent voice for Montana in the United States Congress. He believes that in Montana, you shouldn’t have to be a millionaire to hunt, fish and hike in our great outdoors, get a good education, or be able to support your family. As a small businessman, award-winning songwriter, and entrepreneur, Rob will fight to help hard-working Montana families get ahead, defend our public lands and stream access rights, and strengthen our public schools, not privatize them.
Growing up on a ranch north of Cut Bank, MT, where his family still lives, Rob’s parents instilled in him the values of rural Montana–the joy of hard work, the importance of family and caring for the community. Rob will bring those values with him to Washington, D.C. as Montana’s next congressman.
Rob graduated from Cut Bank High school as Student Body President and co-captain of the State Championship Class B basketball team and went on to play basketball for the University of Montana. At the University of Montana, he co-founded the Mission Mountain Wood Band and toured nationwide for 12 years, performing at colleges and concert venues across the country and charting original songs on Billboard’s top 100 songs. In 1979 he married Bonni Willows Quist. Rob and Bonni settled down on a horse ranch in Creston where they raised their children, Guthrie and Halladay.
Rob knows firsthand the challenges faced by Montana’s small business owners. He founded RQGN headquarters in Kalispell–a small business that provided employment for up to 15 Montanans at any given time.
Throughout his career, Rob has gotten to know Montanans of all stripes– from Libby to Ekalaka and everywhere in between. He is driven by the desire to improve the lives of everyday Montanans and make sure Montana remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Rob was appointed by two governors to serve three terms as a member of the Montana Arts Council. He also developed an anti-bullying seminar that he has performed for schools across the state. Rob was chosen by the Montana Department of Commerce as the state’s cultural ambassador and visited Japan several times in that capacity. He has also served as spokesman and fundraiser for the Montana Food Bank Network, where Bonni, Guthrie and Halladay have volunteered for years.
Throughout his career, Rob has remained dedicated to helping create healthy Native American communities and creating a message of cooperation between cultures, co-producing “Western Harmony” with Blackfeet writer and entertainer Jack Gladstone and later the “Odyssey West” program in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark Corp of Discovery bicentennial commemoration.
Rob continues to appear with his band Rob Quist and Great Northern as well as Mission Mountain Wood Band. Rob previously served on the board of the Montana Arts Council, working with the Office of Public Instruction on school programs. Bonni was a teacher in the Flathead school system for five years and served on the board of the Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center promoting outdoor activities for Montana kids. Rob and Halladay were commissioned to write seven songs based on Native American Oral Traditions as part of the Indian Education For All program.