Bill Dix's kiss controversy sends shock waves through the Statehouse


The video was released on the left-leaning website Iowa Starting Line.

An anti-gay Republican has resigned after he was caught cheating on his wife.

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R) resigned Monday after a video surfaced of him kissing a female statehouse lobbyist. The woman did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

The political website said the incident was recorded March 1.

Dix's office forwarded to Waverly Newspapers the resignation letter he sent to Whitver and House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake.

The video shows Dix talking closely to a woman on the bar stool next to him, and at one point she leans in and the two kiss.

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A statement from Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver (R) said Dix's resignation was effective at 2 p.m. To date the woman has declined all media overtures for comment.

One of the clients she represents, the Iowa League of Cities, issued a brief statement: "We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further".

After Dix's resignation, GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement: "I believe he made the right decision in stepping down".

When asked by HO TV if Dix should resign, given that the lobbyist - who worked for municipality groups - could represent professional interests that come before Dix in the senate, Reynolds responded, "I think Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard".

But that might just be the beginning of things rather than the sweeping of matters aside under the ocean.

Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen issued a statement raising the possibility that state policy had been affected by Dix's relationship with the lobbyist.

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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 former employee filed a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct in the workplace.

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

Anderson was sacked hours after filing a sexual harassment report.

Separately, a former Republican senator was tasked late previous year with reviewing workplace culture at the Iowa Senate.

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

Dix began serving in the Iowa Senate in 2011 and became majority leader in 2013.

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