Iowa Senate majority leader steps down after video shows him kissing lobbyist

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A married "family values" Republican from Iowa stepped down Monday hours after a damning video showed him making out with a lobbyist at a bar in Des Moines.

Iowa Starting Line, a state political news outlet, originally posted the video and described the unidentified woman as "a lobbyist for various municipality groups".

The video shows Dix talking closely to a woman on the bar stool next to him, and at one point she leans in and the two kiss.

"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 his statement.

"Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard".

"I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard [sic] this amendment through the Iowa House", said Dix.

The lobbyist in the video, Lindsey McCune, did not respond to messages by phone and text from The Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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"This has taken everybody by surprise", said Senate President Pro Tempore Jerry Behn, R-Boone, a past leader of the Senate GOP caucus.

Told Robert L. Palmer, director of government affairs and legislative counsel for the organization 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 and the other Senate Republicans went into a private meeting early Monday afternoon with Dix where Dix told his peers he was resigning.

The Senate Republic Caucus will meet on Wednesday to elect a new leader.

He previously served in the Iowa House for five terms and was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 and became majority leader after the 2016 election. Tracy Freese, a Democrat from Stout in Grundy County, had declared to run for the Senate District 25 seat, which covers Grundy, Hardin, Butler 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.

Petersen also criticized Dix for how he handled a sexual misconduct case involving a former Senate GOP staffer. Kirsten Anderson was initially awarded $2.2 million in a wrongful-termination suit when she was sacked just hours after filing the allegations in 2013.

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