As a successful businessman, retired Navy officer, husband of 27 years, and father of 3 children, Chris knows the value of education and hard work, knows the commitment of service to his country, and knows the importance of family and community. He is running to represent the 8th Congressional District and fight for the working men, women, and families of Illinois.

As a successful businessman, retired Navy officer, husband of 27 years, and father of 3 children, Chris knows the value of education and hard work, knows the commitment of service to his country, and knows the importance of family and community. He is running to represent the 8th Congressional District and fight for the working men, women, and families of Illinois.

Chris was born on the south side of Chicago and grew up in Schaumburg, attending Collins Elementary School and Mead Junior High. After a year at St. Viator High School, Chris attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy as a member of the Charter Class. Chris received a Navy ROTC scholarship to attend the University of California – Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. with a double major of Economics and Russian Studies. While at UCLA Chris took advantage of opportunities to learn about other cultures and countries, studying abroad in Russia in 1991 and participating in an exchange program with the Japanese Navy in 1992.

Chris was born on the south side of Chicago and grew up in Schaumburg, attending Collins Elementary School and Mead Junior High. After a year at St. Viator High School, Chris attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy as a member of the Charter Class. Chris received a Navy ROTC scholarship to attend the University of California – Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. with a double major of Economics and Russian Studies. While at UCLA Chris took advantage of opportunities to learn about other cultures and countries, studying abroad in Russia in 1991 and participating in an exchange program with the Japanese Navy in 1992.

Upon graduation from UCLA Chris was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer and trained as a Nuclear Engineer in the U.S. Navy, deploying to the Mediterranean in support of NATO operations and then to the Eastern Pacific in support of anti-drug interdiction efforts. After 6 years of active duty Chris transitioned to the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Naval Intelligence Officer, serving 14 more years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Following his active duty naval service, Chris embarked on a successful private sector career in digital technology and ecommerce, holding executive leadership roles such as General Manager of GNC.com, Chief Ecommerce Officer at Pizza Hut, and Senior Vice President of Ecommerce at Talbots.

Upon graduation from UCLA Chris was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer and trained as a Nuclear Engineer in the U.S. Navy, deploying to the Mediterranean in support of NATO operations and then to the Eastern Pacific in support of anti-drug interdiction efforts. After 6 years of active duty Chris transitioned to the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Naval Intelligence Officer, serving 14 more years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Following his active duty naval service, Chris embarked on a successful private sector career in digital technology and ecommerce, holding executive leadership roles such as General Manager of GNC.com, Chief Ecommerce Officer at Pizza Hut, and Senior Vice President of Ecommerce at Talbots.

Photographs of retired military officer Chris Dargis in uniform should not be interpreted as an endorsement of his candidacy by any U.S. Military branch, veteran’s organization, or military family association (DOD Directive 1344.10)

While in college Chris met his future wife Victoria. They married in 1995, and have been blessed with three children: Alex and Joshua, both currently attending college, and Catherine, an 8th-grade student in the district. Both Alex and Josh are also actively serving in the U.S. Army Reserves, continuing the family tradition of service.

With strong business experience, a record of public service, and a deep history with the communities of the 8th district, Chris is ready to serve his country again and be a new voice in Washington, a new voice for Illinois families. Let’s stand together to bring the change we need, and to create a better future for ourselves and our children.

While in college Chris met his future wife Victoria. They married in 1995, and have been blessed with three children: Alex and Joshua, both currently attending college, and Catherine, an 8th-grade student in the district. Both Alex and Josh are also actively serving in the U.S. Army Reserves, continuing the family tradition of service.

With strong business experience, a record of public service, and a deep history with the communities of the 8th district, Chris is ready to serve his country again and be a new voice in Washington, a new voice for Illinois families. Let’s stand together to bring the change we need, and to create a better future for ourselves and our children.