Iowa Senator Resigns After Video Of Dive-Bar Smooch Fest With Lobbyist

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In the 52-second video, posted Monday on the liberal news website Iowa Starting Line, Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, a Republican who is married, is seen sitting next to the woman on bar stools.

A married Republican senate leader with questionable tenure has resigned after video emerged showing him 'making out' with a woman in a bar.

The website did not identify the woman shown in the video but described her "as a lobbyist for various municipality groups".

The people who captured the moment on their camera phone say they recognized Dix from media reports, including those surrounding the Senate Republican's sexual harassment trial and settlement.

Today, Dix's seat in the State Senate sat empty before Dix sent his resignation letter listing no reason in the letter for stepping down.

The video shows Republican Bill Dix kissing the unidentified lobbyist.

It's unclear whether Lindsey McCune remains a registered lobbyist for the League of Cities. She declined further comment at the time about the allegation.

"We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further", League of Cities director of government affairs and legislative counsel Robert L. Palmer said in an email to the Des Moines Register.

Earlier in the day, Gov. Kim Reynolds expressed "extreme disappointment" and told reporters at her weekly morning news conference she planned to meet privately with Dix.

"Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard".

But that might just be the beginning of things rather than the sweeping of matters aside under the ocean.

Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines, who filled in for Dix as the floor leader, calling up bills during Monday's Senate debate.

"Dix and his family", said Sen.

Dix had already been widely criticized by members of his own party for his handling of the sexual harassment problem in the Senate Republican caucus uncovered by a lawsuit brought by a former staffer. The ex-employee filed a lawsuit several years ago that claimed she was sacked after reporting misconduct in the workplace that included the use of sexual language. She was awarded $1.75 million previous year.

The incident led to Senator Dix coming under scrutiny for his role in firing Anderson hours after she reported a toxic work environment, with the lawmaker continuing to insist firing the staffer exclusively for job performance reasons.

Separately, a former Republican senator was tasked late past year with reviewing workplace culture at the Iowa Senate.

After the lawsuit, both the House and Senate hired a human resources director to handle harassment complaints.

State Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, R-Janesville, announced his resignation through a statement from Senate President Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, following a meeting of the Republican caucus on Monday.

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