Video appears to show Iowa Senate leader kissing lobbyist at bar

The Senate Chambers in the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines on Wednesday Mar. 7 2018

The Senate Chambers in the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines on Wednesday Mar. 7 2018

The website said the incident was recorded March 1.

The video posted on Iowa Starting Line is a serious matter for Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix to discuss with his family, his fellow Senate Republicans and Governor Reynolds.

"Effective at 2pm today, Bill Dix resigned his position as Majority Leader and State Senator".

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

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.

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. He sent a resignation letter to Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, and House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, in accordance with Iowa Code requirement.

The woman in the video, Lindsey McCune, is a lobbyist representing smaller cities within the state of Iowa. "I'm extremely disappointed in what I'm hearing but until I have an opportunity to hear the story I'm not going to comment yet".

That website said the video came from an anonymous person who saw the two in a bar and recognized Sen. Dix. 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.

According to information on iowasenaterepublicans.com, Dix has been in the Iowa Legislature since 1996 when he was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives.

Dix has maintained the ex-staffer was sacked for poor performance. He weathered further outrage and calls for him to step down when he refused to make public Senate Republicans' internal investigation into the matter.

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.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to meet with the state Senate's top leader after a website posted photos and video allegedly showing the married Republican kissing a statehouse lobbyist. 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.

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