Proudly serving both his Commonwealth and his nation with a strong belief in the Constitution and a demonstrated understanding of what it is to be a public servant, Rep. Cris Dush was elected to represent the people of the 66th Legislative District in November 2014. 

During the 2019-20 session, Cris has been appointed to serve on the following House committees: Environmental Resources and Energy, Labor and Industry, State Government and Urban Affairs.

In 2014, Cris along with his colleagues Reps. Seth Grove and Jim Christiana issued a report, Report on State Spending During the Budget Impasse, analyzing the spending of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Administration during the state budget impasse that lasted nine months.

The report showed numerous transparency flaws in PennWATCH (the state’s financial transparency website) Act 146 Waivers (a tool the budget office uses to allow appropriations from lapsing back to the general fund) and prior year funds dating back to 2005. 

A native of Brookville, Cris graduated from Brookville Area High School in 1979 and attended Clarion State College before enlisting in the U.S Air Force. While serving in the Air Force, Cris held positions as a law enforcement specialist, law enforcement patrolman, flight chief (shift leader), hostage negotiation team chief, anti-terrorism program manager and resource protection technical consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA. 

In 1995, Cris returned to the Brookville area to begin his 16 years of service with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He retired from his position as a corrections officer in January 2012. 

In 2000, Cris enlisted with the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard as a Security Forces member and received numerous awards in the performance of his duties. He was deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle and on the American border in New Mexico. He also served on the staff with the Air Force Special Operations Command. 

Cris most recently served as the Chief of Information Protection, responsible for safeguarding the classified information programs at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard headquarters and units throughout the Commonwealth. In December 2016, Cris retired from the 193rd as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). 

Cris resides in Pine Creek Township with his wife, Traci.