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

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

His resignation occurred just two hours after Iowa Starting Line, a liberal blog, posted a video that showed Dix kissing a woman, identified only as a lobbyist, at the Waveland Tap, a bar located on University Avenue on the west side of Des Moines.

(Des Moines) - Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix has resigned following a video being released that shows him kissing a woman said to be a lobbyist.

"I believe he made the right decision for himself and for his district, but most importantly, I believe he made the decision in the best interest of his family", said Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver in a statement.

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. He and his wife, Gerri, have three teenage children and his hobbies include sporting activities, spending time with his family and singing, according to his Senate biography.

Dix co-sponsored a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman.

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. Reynolds told reporters Monday morning she planned to meet with Dix in the afternoon.

Neither Dix nor the lobbyist responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press. "I defer to whatever ethics rules are in place right now that govern this type of behavior..."

"Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard, and as elected officials, we have an obligation to lead", she said.

Responding to the fracas, Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, called the video a 'serious matter'.

Bill Dix, a 55-year-old Shell Rock Republican, had been mired in controversy over the last year related to his handling of a sexual harassment scandal at the Capitol and the subsequent firing of a former staffer in what she perceived as an act of retaliation for reporting the allegations. Over the summer, Iowa Senate Republicans lost a harassment lawsuit filed against them by former communications director Kirsten Anderson to the tune of $2.2 Million.

Anderson was sacked hours after filing a sexual harassment report. Also, Senate Republican Caucus staffers shared that "there is an environment on the Senate Floor with Senators making sexually suggestive comments or about sexual preferences" with one alleged instance happening during the 2017 session. I want to know the facts.

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

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