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

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Dix's resignation came after the Iowa Starting Line website posted a video showing him kissing a female statehouse lobbyist.

Sen. Dix made headlines earlier this year after the state settled a lawsuit with former Iowa Senate GOP staffer Kirsten Anderson, who claimed she was sacked after complaining about sexual harassment in Senate Republican offices. Sen.

A married "family values" Republican from Iowa stepped down Monday hours after a damning video showed him making out with a lobbyist at a bar in Des Moines.

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.

Iowa Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, left, talks with Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix.

The woman was not identified by Starting Line aside from stating she was 'a lobbyist for various municipality groups'.

Neither Dix nor Senate President Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, were immediately available for comment Monday, and most GOP senators declined to comment before the Senate convened its 1 p.m. regular session.

Senate Democrats had earlier released a statement calling it a "serious matter" and accused Dix of failing to take responsibility after a former Senate staffer filed a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct in the workplace. I'm hoping to meet with Leader Dix this afternoon and better understand what the facts are. He called for Dix to resign as majority leader.

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"This footage would suggest to me that the sexual harassment training was not effective, at least not for Mr. Dix", Carlson said.

"Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard, and as elected officials, we have an obligation to lead", she said.

"Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation", Petersen added. "They expect us to lead and I expect to lead", the governor said.

"I want to know the facts", Reynold said, according to the Des Moines Register.

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. The lawsuit went to trial last summer, and she was later awarded $1.75 million.

Dix is a farmer from Shell Rock.

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

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