Cris Dush

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Cris Dush
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 66
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchAir Force
Campaign website
Cris Dush is a Republican member-elect of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 66.


Dush is a retired corrections officer with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Prior to that, he served in the US Air Force and Air National Guard. While in the US Air Force, he worked as a Law Enforcement Patrolman, Hostage Negotiator, and Anti-Terrorism Program Manager. While in the Air National Guard, he took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle. He attended Clarion State College, the University of Louisville, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Alan Hancock College, and the Community College of the Air Force.[1]


Campaign themes

In an electronic communication with Ballotpedia, Dush described his political philosophy as constitutionalist. He went on to explain this central theme of his campaign:

  • "I believe the founders, as a group, understood human nature relative to governance in a way that has been unique in human history. The Constitution of the United States was written to address the tendency of those in power to seek to draw it unto themselves, and provided means to prevent it. It allowed the Federal Republic to operate effectively without trampling on the sovereign rights of either the states or the individuals. Pennsylvania's original constitutions of 1776 and 1790 benefited from the proximate date and essential authors of the United States Constitution. The fact that we've strayed from the founders' intent is reflected in the social and economic woes we face today."

He also detailed his policy goals:

  • "Bring bureaucrats before open sessions of house committees to be held to account for:
Unfunded Mandates
Excessive, duplicative, and wasteful documentation requirements on municipal governments, schools, businesses and individuals
Regulatory abuses"
  • "Cut Secretariat staffing levels to 1980 levels."
  • "Constitutional Amendments defining life as beginning at conception and marriage as being between one man and one woman."



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Robert Toby Santik was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Cris Dush defeated Paul L Corbin and Harry Glenn Bodenhorn in the Republican primary. Dush defeaeted Santik in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dush ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 66. Dush and James Brown were defeated by incumbent Sam Smith in the April 24 Republican primary.[4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 66 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Smith Incumbent 49.1% 3,150
James Brown 9% 579
Cris Dush 41.9% 2,691
Total Votes 6,420

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