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Iowa Senate Majority Leader resigns following video of him kissing lobbyist surfaces

13 March 2018

The political website said the incident was recorded March 1.

Dix is married with three children.

In a statement issued following the announcement of Dix's resignation, Senate President Jack Whitver said he believed his fellow Republican "made the right decision for himself and for his district, but most importantly, I believe he made the decision in the best interest of his family".

"Senate Republicans will continue to move the policies Iowans elected us to pursue", Whitver added.

Dix, 55, did not immediately return messages seeking comment earlier Monday, but confirmed in a statement obtained by The Post that he resigned his position as state senator and majority leader as of 2 p.m. Monday.

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"I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard (sic) this amendment through the Iowa House", Dix boasted in 2006, when he ran unsuccessfully for Iowa's 1st Congressional District seat.

Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) told the newspaper that he was unaware of any relationship between Dix and the lobbyist, and he declined to comment on the video.

Iowa Starting Line says the woman in the video is a lobbyist for a municipality group. "I'm extremely disappointed in what I'm hearing but until I have an opportunity to hear the story I'm not going to comment yet". "They expect us to lead and I expect to lead", the governor said.

Bill Dix making out video- screen shot.Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix: a history of sexual misconduct strife.... He weathered further outrage and calls for him to step down when he refused to make public Senate Republicans' internal investigation into the matter. The ex-employee filed a lawsuit several years ago claiming she was sacked after reporting misconduct in the workplace that included the use of sexual language. The people told the website they recognized Dix from media coverage of state politics, including a sexual harassment trial involving Senate Republicans.

Dix has maintained the ex-staffer was sacked for poor performance.

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Pictured, Republican Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix on his wedding day with then new wife, Gerri Dix.

Shortly after, Dix drew criticism for backtracking from a joint announcement with the Iowa House Republicans that both chambers would hire a human resources director who would as, part of the position's duties, handle sexual harassment complaints.

Kim Reynolds was asked about the video in her Monday press conference.

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Iowa Senate Majority Leader resigns following video of him kissing lobbyist surfaces