Video appears to show Iowa Senate leader kissing lobbyist at bar

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According to Iowa Starting Line's Pat Rynard, the photos and video were taken at the Waveland Tap in Des Moines on March 1.

Witnesses told the website that they recognized Dix - who is married with three children - from recent news of a $1.75 million settlement reached with a former communication staffer for the Iowa Senate Republicans who claimed she was sacked in 2013 over her sexual harassment claims.

"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 Senate President Jack Whitver in a statement. He had been in the Senate since 2011, and was elected as Republican leader in 2013.

Sen. Bill Dix, the leader of Iowa's GOP-controlled state Senate, abruptly announced his resignation effective immediately after meeting with Republican colleagues around 1 p.m. 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.

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The top leader in the Iowa Senate says he's resigning after a video posted on a liberal news website purportedly showed him kissing a statehouse lobbyist. "That suggests to me that we've failed the people of Iowa in terms of fixing the problem so far".

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

Senate File 2344 was introduced in the wake of an incident at the University of Iowa, where a university recognized student group called Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) was stripped of its recognized status after a student had accused BLinC of denying him a leadership position because he is "openly gay". It was in 2010 that Dix ran for Senate and defeated the incumbent to become senator for what was then District 9. The ex-employee filed a lawsuit several years ago claiming she was sacked after reporting misconduct in the workplace that included the use of sexual language.

Reynolds said she hoped the majority party leaders could "move on" with the 2018 session in pushing plans to cut taxes, balance the budget and address other priorities would not be impacted by Monday's development.

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

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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