His resignation occurred just two hours after Iowa Starting Line, a liberal blog, posted a video that showed Dix kissing a woman, identified only as a lobbyist, at the Waveland Tap, a bar located on University Avenue on the west side of Des Moines.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix has resigned from the State Senate.
"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 wrote.
Whitver said Iowa Senate Republicans would hold an election for Iowa Senate Majority Leader on Wednesday, March 14.
Sen. Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) is the Iowa Senate Majority Leader..
A leader of the Iowa Senate is stepping down after a video posted online showed him kissing a female lobbyist in a Des Moines bar.
The woman's lobbying work would include attempting to influence Dix on public policy.
Dix co-sponsored a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman.
According to information on iowasenaterepublicans.com, Dix has been in the Iowa Legislature since 1996 when he was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives.
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Dix, who served in the State House from 1996 to 2006, unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House in 2006 and was first elected to the Senate in 2010, could not be immediately reached for comment, but Freese-despite her earlier remarks-softened her tone when referencing the former Senator's wife and children.
I believe he made the right decision.
"With what little I know, I'm certainly disappointed in what I'm hearing", said Reynolds.
"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".
A year ago she was awarded a $2.1 million settlement for wrongful dismissal.
Anderson, fired in 2013, alleged the reason for her termination was a complaint she filed about sexual harassment she said created a toxic workplace.
The incident led to Senator Dix coming under scrutiny for his role in firing Anderson hours after she reported a toxic work environment, with the lawmaker continuing to insist firing the staffer exclusively for job performance reasons.
"The impression of the environment within the Republican senate, especially the males, makes this not surprising", she said.
"I want to know the facts", Reynold said, according to the Des Moines Register.
Dix has maintained the ex-staffer was sacked for poor performance.