Iowa GOP Shocked by Resignation of Bill Dix

The Senate Chambers in the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines on Wednesday Mar. 7 2018

A top Iowa lawmaker resigned Monday after the publication of a video showing him kissing a female lobbyist at a Des Moines bar earlier this month.

Dix, who is married with three children according to his official biography, is shown in the video sitting at the bar at Waveland Tap in Des Moines with a woman and kisses her at the end.

Iowa Starting Line reported that the patron observed Dix "flirting with and occasionally kissing a younger woman".

Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation.

When asked by HO TV if Dix should resign, given that the lobbyist - who worked for municipality groups - could represent professional interests that come before Dix in the senate, Reynolds responded, "I think Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard".

Dix, R-Shell Rock, an 18-year veteran of the Iowa Legislature, quit both his leadership position and his District 25 seat.

Petersen used her statement to reiterate her criticism of Dix for how he handled a recent sexual misconduct case within the chamber, which involved a former Senate GOP staffer.

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State Sen. Rob Hogg confirmed to KCCI that the lobbyist in the video is Lindsey McCune.

Told Robert L. Palmer, director of government affairs and legislative counsel for the organization in an email to AP, 'We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further'.

Behn, Schneider, Bertrand and others declined to speculate on who might emerge as the next Senate majority leader, calling it "the will of the caucus".

He previously served in the Iowa House for five terms and was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 and became majority leader after the 2016 election.

Dix, 55, is a third-generation farmer whose district covers Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties.

Senator Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, says he and his colleagues were surprised. "After footing the bill for a $1.75 million settlement in Kirsten Anderson's lawsuit against Senate Republicans, Iowa taxpayers deserve nothing less", she said. An internal report later revealed senators made "sexually suggestive comments" or discussed "sexual preferences" on the chamber floor in recent years, and staff members in the Republican Senate office were unlikely to report misconduct because of fear of retaliation.

Anderson asserted she was sacked in 2013 after complaining of a toxic work environment in the Senate.

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