Married Iowa lawmaker resigns after being caught kissing woman at a bar


Dix resigned Monday as Senate majority leader and as a state senator after a video posted on the political blog Iowa Starting Line showed him kissing a lobbyist.

On Monday afternoon, Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix resigned from the Senate.

Majority Leader Bill Dix submitted a one-sentence resignation letter several hours after the liberal website Iowa Starting Line published its report about the Shell Rock Republican today.

The website did not identify the woman shown in the video but described her "as a lobbyist for various municipality groups".

Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines issued a statement calling the video "a serious matter" that follows Dix's failure to take responsibility for the $1.75 million settlement that resulted from a sexual harassment brought by former Senate Republican staffer Kirsten Anderson.

State Sen. Rob Hogg confirmed to KCCI that the lobbyist in the video is Lindsey McCune. Don Coram, a Montrose Republican, has requested in a bill that would provide grants to schools that want to buy radio technology that allows them to communicate more directly with emergency responders.

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".

While Dix declined to "elaborate" on the circumstances surrounding his resignation as majority leader and as state senator, ashen faced Iowa Republican lawmakers found themselves forced to respond to alluding rumors, with Republican Senate President Jack Whitver issuing a statement. The lawsuit went to trial last summer, and she was later awarded $1.75 million.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is set to meet with Nix on Monday.

Dix was not at his Capitol office on Monday, according to the Register, and a spokesman declined to comment on the video.

Anderson asserted she was sacked in 2013 after complaining of a toxic work environment in the Senate.

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

Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber plan to elect a new majority leader on Wednesday.

After the lawsuit, both the House and Senate hired a human resources director to handle harassment complaints.

He previously served in the Iowa House for five terms and was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 and became majority leader after the 2016 election.