BROOKVILLE — Rep. Cris Dush has announced he will seek a third term as representative to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 66th District.
Dush is a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force from 1982-1990 and in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard 2000-2016.
“I was elected to represent the people of my district,” Dush said. “I do not represent one party or one platform. Government is about doing the right thing; about putting the welfare of the people above politics.”
“I used this same perspective in my recent comments on the Congressional re-districting of Pennsylvania. When you strip away all of the partisan rhetoric it comes down to this; who is going to run Pennsylvania? Will it be the elected representatives of the people or a small group of black-robed judges? I believe people are tired of judges seizing the constitutional duty of their elected representatives and, in effect, legislating from the bench.”
A native of Brookville, Dush 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, he 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.
During his services Dush learned to combat terrorism and how to prevent acts of terror. He hopes his experience can be utilized to make our schools a safer place for our children and our educators.
“We should do everything we can to make our schools a haven of education and not a target of evil,” he said.
In 1995, he 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.
He serves on the Aging and Older Adult Services committee, Human Services Committee, Labor and Industry Committee and the State Government Committee
Dush is a member of Common Sense Caucus (CSC), a group of more than 20 rank-and-file Republican members from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who advocate responsible state spending.
“From the very beginning I’ve promised the people I serve that I would find those who are solution-oriented and willing to take on the tough issues the Commonwealth faces,” Dush said. He believes, as a colleague stated, that ‘The Common Sense Caucus will be there to participate, to advocate and, most importantly, to vote.
“ We are a strong block of voters committed to controlling spending, and we are growing in number.” he said.
Dush and his wife, Traci, reside in Pine Creek Township. The couple have two adult sons.