US Lawmaker Resigns After Video of Him Kissing Lobbyist Surfaces

14 March, 2018, 06:24 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • People walk down the staircase at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday

Iowa Republican state Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix resigned his post Monday after video surfaced of him kissing a woman who was not his wife in a bar.

Iowa Starting Line reports the video was provided by people who witnessed Dix's interactions with the lobbyist at the Waveland Tap bar on March 1st.

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

The 18-year legislative veteran is married with three children, according to his statehouse biography.

State Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, R-Janesville, announced his resignation through a statement from Senate President Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, following a meeting of the Republican caucus on Monday.

Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen issued a statement raising the possibility that state policy had been affected by Dix's relationship with the lobbyist. The video, which was taken by a customer at the bar the website did not identify, shows the two flirting and kissing.

The woman in the video, Lindsey McCune, is a lobbyist representing smaller cities within the state of Iowa.

Robert L. Palmer, director of government affairs and legislative counsel for the organization, said in an email to AP: "We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further". Schneider says despite the leadership upheaval, senate committees will meet and the senate will debate, when necessary this week.

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

Dix, 55, is a third-generation farmer whose district covers Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties. An internal report later revealed senators made "sexually suggestive comments" or discussed "sexual preferences" on the chamber floor in recent years, and staff members in the Republican Senate office were unlikely to report misconduct because of fear of retaliation.

A year ago she was awarded a $2.1 million settlement for wrongful dismissal.

Dix previously fielded calls for resignation following a lawsuit filed by a former caucus communications director over how sexual harassment complaints were handled.

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