Cris Dush

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Cris Dush
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 66th district
Assumed office
January 6, 2015[1]
Preceded bySamuel H. Smith
Personal details
BornMarch 1961 (age 58)
DuBois, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Traci
ResidencePine Creek Township
OccupationLegislator

Cris Dush (born March 1961) is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 66th House district in Jefferson County and Indiana County, Pennsylvania.[2][3]

Dush gained some notoriety for introducing legislation on March 20, 2018 to impeach all five Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices in response to their anti-gerrymandering decision and subsequent redrawn district map, saying that, “The five Justices who signed this order that blatantly and clearly contradicts the plain language of the Pennsylvania Constitution engaged in misbehavior in office."[4]

This move to impeach the state's Supreme Court judges was made after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a request from Republican legislative leaders in Pennsylvania to block the redrawn congressional map.[5] His rationale, as he explains it, is that “This is basically 7th grade civics class all over again, the separation of powers and the authority of the legislature” and “The courts basically are there to interpret when there’s conflict in the law, and they don’t have any sovereignty.”[4]

He argues that this seems to directly contradict § 17. Legislative Reapportionment Commission[6] in Pennsylvania's constitution, where the PA Supreme Court is given the ability under certain circumstances to "immediately proceed on its own motion to reapportion the Commonwealth" (section h).

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.[7]

Political Positions[edit]

Dush is against legalizing adult use cannabis in Pennsylvania, citing his 16 year employment as a prison corrections officer.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2015 - 199TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2015-01-06.
  2. ^ http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/BiosHistory/MemBio.cfm?ID=5649&body=H
  3. ^ Center, Legislativate Data Processing. "Representative Cris Dush". The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  4. ^ a b Sommer, Will (2018-03-20). "Pennsylvania GOP moves to oust judges over gerrymandering decision". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  5. ^ Barnes, Robert (2018-03-19). "Supreme Court refuses to stop new congressional maps in Pennsylvania". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. ^ "Section 217 - CONSTITUTION OF PENNSYLVANIA". legis.state.pa.us. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. ^ Caruso, Stephen. "Dush announces retirement in 2020; third lawmaker to call it quits this November". Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  8. ^ Baer, John. "Lt. Gov. Fetterman's weed tour takes some hits | John Baer". www.philly.com. Retrieved 10 April 2019.

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