Hours after a video was posted online showing someone appearing to be Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix kissing a female lobbyist, the senator shocked his caucus Monday by immediately resigning - leaving the GOP to quickly find a new floor general who could usher through tax cuts and other conservative priorities.
Bill Dix, 55, was allegedly recorded kissing the lobbyist at a bar in Des Moines on March 1.
Iowa Starting Line, a state political news outlet, originally posted the video and described the unidentified woman as "a lobbyist for various municipality groups".
A prominent politician in the USA state of Iowa has resigned after he was caught appearing to kiss a lobbyist in a bar down the road from the State Capitol.
Dix, R-Shell Rock, an 18-year veteran of the Iowa Legislature, quit both his leadership position and his District 25 seat.
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Senator Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, says he and his colleagues were surprised.
The woman was identified as a lobbyist for Iowa League of Cities, an organization that seeks to sway legislation at the state Capitol.
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". His biography had been deleted from the Iowa Senate Republicans website by Monday afternoon.
Earlier Monday, before Dix's resignation, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) told reporters that she was disappointed by the allegations and said she had planned to meet with him.
Dix was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 before becoming a majority leader where he led the Senate Republican Caucus since 2013 before grabbing further power after GOP lawmakers took control of the chamber following the 2016 election.
Anderson asserted she was sacked in 2013 after complaining of a toxic work environment in the Senate. Kirsten Anderson was initially awarded $2.2 million in a wrongful-termination suit when she was sacked just hours after filing the allegations in 2013.
Bertrand had previously called on Dix to step down after a jury awarded two-point-two-million dollars to Kirsten Anderson, a former aide to Senate Republicans, over a sexual harassment lawsuit.