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 2017-18 session, Cris has been appointed to serve on the following House committees: Aging and Older Adult Services, Human Services, Labor and Industry, and State Government.
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.
The 66th Legislative District includes all of Jefferson County and the Indiana County communities of Banks, Canoe, East Mahoning, Grant, Green, Montgomery, North Mahoning, Rayne, South Mahoning and West Mahoning townships and Cherry Tree, Ernest, Glen Campbell, Marion Center, Plumville and Smicksburg boroughs.
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