Video appears to show Iowa Senate leader kissing lobbyist at bar

People walk down a staircase at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday

The Shell Rock Republican stepped down after the political news site Iowa Starting Line published photos and a video of Dix kissing a female lobbyist in a Des Moines bar.

An election to fill Dix's position of Iowa Senate Majority Leader will be held on Wednesday, Whitver said.

Sen. Dix made headlines earlier this year after the state settled a lawsuit with former Iowa Senate GOP staffer Kirsten Anderson, who claimed she was sacked after complaining about sexual harassment in Senate Republican offices. Sen.

The 52-second clip appears to show Dix and the woman canoodling at a bar before kissing.

The incident shown on the video allegedly happened March 1 at the Waveland Tap bar in Des Moines, according to Starting Line. She told reporters she planned to talk with him about it.

The woman was not identified by Starting Line aside from stating she was 'a lobbyist for various municipality groups'.

'Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation, ' she said in a statement.

"Dix's failure to take any responsibility for the $1.75 million settlement that resulted from the sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation against former Senate Republican staffer Kirsten Anderson by Republican senators and staff".

Reynolds said she would meet with Dix Monday afternoon but declined further comment. "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". The former employee filed a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct in the workplace. "We don't need this ongoing story about where Senate Republican leadership is on these issues dealing with women".

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

Dix began serving in the Iowa Senate in 2011 and became majority leader in 2013.

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

Bill Dix talks about the Senate Republicans' efforts to address sexual harassment in their caucus on November 14.

The GOP majority recently hired a human resources manager to address sexual harassment complaints. Dix first served in the Iowa House for 10 years, then left in 2006 for a failed congressional run.



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