Married Iowa lawmaker resigns after being caught kissing woman at a bar


CNN-Iowa senate majority leader Bill Dix resigned after a newly released video allegedly shows him having an affair with a lobbyist.

The resignation caps a swift response from Senate Republicans, after Iowa Starting Line posted video and photos on Monday showing Dix and a woman sitting together at a Des Moines bar.

Pictured, Republican Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix on his wedding day with then new wife, Gerri Dix. They chat for most of the video until the woman leans over and begins kissing Dix.

Dix has three children, according to the Des Moines Register, and had served in the state legislature for 18 years.

He was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 and has led the Senate Republican Caucus since 2013.

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Sen. Rick Bertrand, R-Sioux City, who attended the meeting, said Dix "did the right thing for himself, for his family and for Iowans today and I think as a caucus we'll move forward".

The lobbyist in the video, Lindsey McCune, did not respond to messages by phone and text from The Cedar Rapids Gazette. He became majority leader after GOP lawmakers took control of the chamber following the 2016 election.

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'. His biography had been deleted from the Iowa Senate Republicans website by Monday afternoon. Schneider says despite the leadership upheaval, senate committees will meet and the senate will debate, when necessary this week. He represented Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties.

The political website said the incident was recorded March 1. The people told the website they recognized Dix from media coverage of state politics, including a sexual harassment trial involving Senate Republicans.

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. "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.