Iowa's Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix has resigned after photos and video showing him kissing a statehouse lobbyist at a Des Moines bar on March 1 were published by political website Iowa Starting Line today.
Dix's departure came only a few hours after the Iowa Startling Line website posted a video it said it had obtained of Dix and the lobbyist sitting at the bar March 1 at the Waveland Tap.
A prominent politician in the U.S. state of Iowa has resigned after he was caught appearing to kiss a lobbyist in a bar down the road from the State Capitol.
A statement from Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver (R) said Dix's resignation was effective at 2 p.m.
"Senate Republicans will continue to move the policies Iowans elected us to pursue", he added.
Dix has three children, according to the Des Moines Register, and had served in the state legislature for 18 years.
Legislative leaders in the Republican-controlled Iowa House have not commented on Dix, a third generation farmer who had been a top Republican in the Senate for several years.
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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.
Footage shows the 55 year old conservative lawmaker in an "intimate" repose with the mystery blonde woman, before the woman and married politician kiss on the lips.
According to multiple reports from Des Moines-area outlets, Republicans held the closed-door meeting, and after the meeting, Whitver released a statement about Dix's resignation.
Robert L. Palmer, director of government affairs and legislative counsel said in an email: "We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further".
GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters Monday morning she planned to meet with Dix in the afternoon.
"Republican senators have an obligation to elect a new leader who will take responsibility for the sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation against former Senate Republican staffer Kirsten Anderson by Republican senators and staff". Tracy Freese, a Democrat from Stout in Grundy County, had declared to run for the Senate District 25 seat, which covers Grundy, Hardin, Butler and Story counties. Kirsten Anderson was initially awarded $2.2 million in a wrongful-termination suit when she was sacked just hours after filing the allegations in 2013.