Iowa state senator Bill Dix caught kissing lobbyist in bar

The Senate Chambers in the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines on Wednesday Mar. 7 2018

Sen. Bill Dix, the leader of Iowa's GOP-controlled state Senate, abruptly announced his resignation effective immediately after meeting with Republican colleagues around 1 p.m.

Photo Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix talks about the Senate Republicans' efforts to address sexual harassment in their caucus on last fall in Des Moines.

The 52-second video shows Dix, 55, and the unidentified lobbyist drinking and laughing at the bar before Dix leans in for a kiss. An election to fill Dix's spot in the Republican-controlled chamber will take place Wednesday.

The lobbyist in the video, Lindsey McCune, did not respond to messages by phone and text from The Cedar Rapids Gazette. Don Coram, a Montrose Republican, has requested in a bill that would provide grants to schools that want to buy radio technology that allows them to communicate more directly with emergency responders.

One of the clients she represents, the Iowa League of Cities, issued a brief statement: "We are taking what we believe are appropriate actions, but because this is a personnel matter we can not comment further".

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Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen says it's time for Republicans to make it clear "shenanigans" in the statehouse are inappropriate.

Iowa State Senate president Jack Whitver accepted Dix's resignation and issued a statement asserting he is "absolutely" unaware of any extramarital relationships Dix might be engaged in. 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. The ex-employee filed a lawsuit several years ago claiming she was sacked after reporting misconduct in the workplace that included the use of sexual language. "After footing the bill for a $1.75 million settlement in Kirsten Anderson's lawsuit against Senate Republicans, Iowa taxpayers deserve nothing less", she said.

Gov. Kim Reynolds met with Dix this afternoon after telling Des Moines' WHO TV she was "disappointed" after initially hearing the news.

Today, Dix's seat in the State Senate sat empty before Dix sent his resignation letter listing no reason in the letter for stepping down.

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. He was later elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010, where he served as minority leader for several years.

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