Iowa Senate majority leader resigns after video shows him kissing lobbyist

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"We don't need this ongoing story about where Senate Republican leadership is on these issues dealing with women".

So far there has been no comment today from Republicans in the Iowa Senate, after a liberal-leaning blog posted pictures appearing to show their Majority Leader in a compromising position at a Des Moines bar.

A self-described "family values" conservative has resigned from the Iowa state legislature after he was caught on video kissing a lobbyist who is not his wife.

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

Iowa Starting Line said the video was shared by a member of the general public who is not affiliated with a campaign or party organization but "happened to see the scene while at the neighborhood bar", Waveland Tap on University Avenue.

Senate President Jack Whitver said he believed Dix "made the right decision" to step down after the video surfaced online.

Neither Dix nor Senate President Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, were immediately available for comment Monday, and most GOP senators declined to comment before the Senate convened its 1 p.m. regular session.

Robert L. Palmer, director of government affairs and legislative counsel for the organization, said in an email to the Associated Press: "We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further".

"This footage would suggest to me that the sexual harassment training was not effective, at least not for Mr. Dix", Carlson said.

"I think Iowans holds their elected officials to a high standard".

But that might just be the beginning of things rather than the sweeping of matters aside under the ocean.

Responding to the fracas, Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, called the video a 'serious matter'.

"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.

Anderson was sacked hours after filing a sexual harassment report. She recently won a $1.75 million settlement from the state.

Dix's resignation was supported by the state's governor Kim Reynolds.

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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. He served five terms in the Iowa House.