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Married Shell Rock Republican lawmaker resigns after kissing video goes public

Married Shell Rock Republican lawmaker resigns after kissing video goes public

Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines, filled in for Dix at the start of Monday's session and the majority leader did not make any public comments during the day's proceedings.

The incident caps a swift response from Republicans in the chamber after the liberal website Iowa Starting Line published video and photos showing Dix and a woman together at a bar. "Senate Republicans will continue to move the policies Iowans elected us to pursue".

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. "His resignation letter to Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver and Speaker of the Iowa House, Linda Upmeyer in accordance with Iowa Code section 69.4 is attached".

The identity of the woman was not identified by the political site except to say state she was 'a lobbyist for various municipality groups'.

The 55-year-old State Senator served Iowa Senate District 25 that consists of Butler, Grundy, Hardin, and western Story Counties. She said she hoped her conversation with Dix later would provide her with additional facts. "They expect us to lead and I expect to lead", the governor said.

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

" ... I believe he made the decision in the best interest of his family", Whitver said in a statement.

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A married Republican senate leader has stepped down after video emerged showing him making out with a woman in a bar. 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. Dix claimed it was due to poor work performance.

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

Dix had already been widely criticized by members of his own party for his handling of the sexual harassment problem in the Senate Republican caucus uncovered by a lawsuit brought by a former staffer.

The Iowa Legislature has since hired a human resources director to oversee harassment complaints at the state Capitol.

Gov. Kim Reynolds, meanwhile, told reporters during her weekly news conference before Dix resigned that she planned to discuss the matter with Dix on Monday.

Dix is a third-generation farmer who was born and raised in Iowa.