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

Erika Holt
March 13, 2018

Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) told the newspaper that he was unaware of any relationship between Dix and the lobbyist, and he declined to comment on the video.

The 52-second clip appears to show Dix and the woman canoodling at a bar before kissing.

Sen. David Johnson, an Ocheyedan independent who left the Republican Party in 2016 over differences with now-GOP President Donald Trump, said he had not seen the video but noted he had heard similar reports about Dix prior to Monday's posting of the video.

"With what little I know, I'm certainly disappointed in what I'm hearing", Reynolds told reporters".

KWWL affiliate WHO-TV asked the Governor if Dix should resign, Reynolds said "I think Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard".

Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix has resigned from the State Senate. "I think he needs to make the decision to at least step down from leadership", said Johnson.

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"Liberal activist judges are threatening our family values and you can count on me to be a leader in Congress who will stand up to them and work to pass this amendment to the United States Constitution", Dix said at the time.

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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 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. "I want to know the facts". She said she is disappointed in what she is hearing.

Anderson was sacked hours after filing a sexual harassment report.

The news is drawing attention because of recent events involving sexual harassment in the Senate Republican caucus.

Previous year she was awarded a $2.1 million settlement for wrongful dismissal.

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

This is a reelection year for Dix, who serves Iowa's 25th Senate district, which includes all of Hardin County, all of Grundy County and portions of Story and Butler Counties. Dix released findings of an investigation into Senate culture earlier this year that led to the creation of a human resources manager overseeing legislative culture.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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