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


Senate Republicans released a statement Monday announcing that Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix was resigning effectively at 2 p.m. from his leadership post and as a state senator.

Dix was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 before becoming a majority leader where he led the Senate Republican Caucus since 2013 before grabbing further power after GOP lawmakers took control of the chamber following the 2016 election.

Witnesses told the website that they recognized Dix - who is married with three children - from recent news of a $1.75 million settlement reached with a former communication staffer for the Iowa Senate Republicans who claimed she was sacked in 2013 over her sexual harassment claims. The video shows the two kiss.

The website says the incident was recorded March 1.

On Monday afternoon, Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix resigned from the Senate.

The 52-second video shows Dix, 55, and the unidentified lobbyist drinking and laughing at the bar before Dix leans in for a kiss.

'Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation, ' she said in a statement. She said she hoped her conversation with Dix later would provide her with additional facts.

"I want to know the facts", Reynold said, according to the Des Moines Register. The former employee filed a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct in the workplace. The lawsuit went to trial last summer, and she was later awarded $1.75 million.

A married Republican senate leader has stepped down after video emerged showing him making out with a woman in a bar.

The Iowa Senate's Democratic minority pledged that it will get to the bottom of Dix's make out session, pointing out that it might have political consequences.

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

The Iowa Legislature has since hired a human resources director to oversee harassment complaints at the state Capitol.

Iowa Starting Line said the video was shared by a member of the general public who is not affiliated with a campaign or party organization but "happened to see the scene while at the neighborhood bar", Waveland Tap on University Avenue.

Dix has been under pressure in the past year for his role in the sacking of Kristen Anderson, a communications director who complained about lewd behaviour in the Republican Senate caucus office.

Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber plan to elect a new majority leader on Wednesday.