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14 March 2018, 06:25 | Melanie Burgess
Dix out: Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix resigns after video of him kissing a lobbyist surfaces
A leader of the Iowa Senate is stepping down after a video posted online showed him kissing a female lobbyist in a Des Moines bar.
The incident caps a swift response from Republicans in the Senate after the liberal website Iowa Starting Line published video and photos showing Dix and a woman together at a Des Moines bar.
Iowa Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, left, talks with Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix. They chat for most of the video until the woman leans over and begins kissing Dix. Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard, and as elected officials, we have an obligation to lead'.
The 18-year legislative veteran is married with three children, according to his statehouse biography.
The lobbyist has not been identified, but reportedly worked with the legislature, particularly Dix who was in charge of moving measures to the floor as majority leader.
"Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation", the Democrats said in a statement.
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.
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State Sen. Rob Hogg confirmed to KCCI that the lobbyist in the video is Lindsey McCune.
"This has taken everybody by surprise", said Senate President Pro Tempore Jerry Behn, R-Boone, a past leader of the Senate GOP caucus.
"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.
The Senate Republic Caucus will meet on Wednesday to elect a new leader. "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.
Dix previously fielded calls for resignation following a lawsuit filed by a former caucus communications director over how sexual harassment complaints were handled.
Gov. Kim Reynolds met with Dix this afternoon after telling Des Moines' WHO TV she was "disappointed" after initially hearing the news. He represented Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties.
Anderson was sacked hours after filing a sexual harassment report.
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