Cris Dush

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Cris Dush
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 25th district
Assumed office
December 1, 2020 (2020-12-01)
Preceded byJoe Scarnati
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 66th district
In office
December 1, 2014 (2014-12-01)[1] – November 30, 2020 (2020-11-30)
Preceded bySamuel H. Smith
Succeeded byBrian Smith
Personal details
Born (1961-03-01) March 1, 1961 (age 59)
DuBois, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
ResidencePine Creek Township

Cris Dush is an American politician and Pennsylvania State Senator for the 25th District. A Republican, he previously represented the 66th House district, which encompasses Jefferson County and Indiana County, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[2][3]

Career before politics[edit]

Dush was employed for 16 years as a prison corrections officer.[4]

Career in politics[edit]

Attempt to impeach state Supreme Court justices[edit]

In March 2018, Dush gained some notoriety for introducing resolutions, co-sponsored by 12 other Republicans state legislators, to impeach four Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices in response to the court's decision in League of Women Voters v. Commonwealth to strike down a Republican-drawn Pennsylvania congressional district map as a partisan gerrymander that violated the state constitution's requirement of "free and equal" elections.[5][6] Dush made this proposal after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from Republican legislative leaders in Pennsylvania to block the redrawn congressional map.[7] Dush asserted that the justices' decision constituted "misbehavior in office" and was a judicial infringement on legislative power.[6] The attempt to impeach the justices was denounced by Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, and failed after House Republican Leader David L. Reed decided not to support it.[8]

2020 election[edit]

In November 2019, Dush announced he would not seek a fourth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, noting a promise he made to only serve three terms when he was first elected in 2014.[9] In January 2020, Dush said he would seek the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania Auditor General, joining a race against two other Republicans seeking the nomination.[10] The next month, however, Dush left that race and announced that he would run for the state Senate instead,[11] for the 25th district seat left open by the retirement of Joe Scarnati.[12] Dush won the race for the seat against Democrat Margie Brown.[13]

Accusations of antisemitism[edit]

In 2020, Dush faced accusations of antisemitism after comparing Governor Tom Wolf's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Pennsylvania to Nazi Germany. A group of Jewish organizations, including the Philadelphia branch of the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, condemned Dush's comments as "offensive and wrong."[14][15]

Social issues[edit]

Dush opposed proposals by Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman to legalize the adult use of marijuana in Pennsylvania.[4]

2020 Presidential Election resolution[edit]

After the 2020 Presidential election, Dush was one of 26 Pennsylvania House Republicans who called for withdrawing certification of presidential electors, despite there being no evidence of fraud, and despite Joe Biden winning Pennsylvania by over 80,000 votes. This was also after federal appeals brought by the Trump campaign were dismissed due to lack of evidence.[16]


  1. ^ "The Constitution of Pennsylvania, Art. II § 2". Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Cris Dush Historical Biography". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  3. ^ "Representative Cris Dush". Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  4. ^ a b Baer, John. "Lt. Gov. Fetterman's weed tour takes some hits". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  5. ^ Mark Scolforo, GOP plan to impeach 4 Pennsylvania justices remains in limbo, Associated Press (April 21, 2018).
  6. ^ a b Sommer, Will (2018-03-20). "Pennsylvania GOP moves to oust judges over gerrymandering decision". The Hill. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. ^ Barnes, Robert (2018-03-19). "Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  8. ^ Katie Meyer, Pennsylvania Chief Justice Criticizes Impeachment Moves, NPR (March 22, 2018).
  9. ^ Caruso, Stephen (November 26, 2019). "Dush announces retirement in 2020; third lawmaker to call it quits this November". Pennsylvania Capital-Star.
  10. ^ Cassie Miller. Pa. Republican Rep Cris Dush joins race for Auditor General, Pennsylvania Capital-Star (January 22, 2020).
  11. ^ Joy Norwood, Rep. Dush talks about decision to run for Senate, Jeffersonian Democrat (March 3, 2020).
  12. ^ "Rep. Dush seeks Scarnati's 25th District Senate seat". Williamsport Sun-Gazette. February 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "Cris Dush wins PA state senate bid in 25th District". The Punxsutawney Spirit. November 5, 2020. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  14. ^ Oster, Marcy (2020-05-04). "Pa. lawmaker compares governor to Nazi Germany over coronavirus handling". The Forward. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  15. ^ Palmer, Ewan (2020-05-05). "GOP PENNSYLVANIA LAWMAKER COMPARES GOV. TOM WOLF'S HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS TO THE NAZI PARTY". Newsweek. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  16. ^ Murphy, Jan (27 November 2020). "26 Pa. House Republicans call for withdrawing certification of presidential electors". The Patriot-News.

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Political offices
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Joe Scarnati
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 25th district

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel H. Smith
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 66th district

Succeeded by
Brian Smith