Senate Majority Leader resigns after leaked video revealed alleged affair with Lobbyist

People walk down the staircase at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday

People walk down the staircase at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday

Iowa Starting Line reported that the patron observed Dix "flirting with and occasionally kissing a younger woman". She did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

Earlier in the day, Gov. Kim Reynolds expressed "extreme disappointment" and told reporters at her weekly morning news conference she planned to meet privately with Dix.

Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber plan to elect a new majority leader on Wednesday.

"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.

When asked by HO TV if Dix should resign, given that the lobbyist - who worked for municipality groups - could represent professional interests that come before Dix in the senate, Reynolds responded, "I think Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard".

Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines issued a statement calling the video "a serious matter" that follows Dix's failure to take responsibility for the $1.75 million settlement that resulted from a sexual harassment brought by former Senate Republican staffer Kirsten Anderson.

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Dix's resignation, Petersen said, gives GOP senators an opportunity to "finally get it right and change a culture at the Iowa Capitol".

A year ago she was awarded a $2.1 million settlement for wrongful dismissal.

Dix has maintained the ex-staffer was sacked for poor performance.

Dix previously fielded calls for resignation following a lawsuit filed by a former caucus communications director over how sexual harassment complaints were handled.

Anderson asserted she was sacked in 2013 after complaining of a toxic work environment in the Senate.

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-lawmaker released recommendations in January that included suggesting all employees at the state Capitol - including elected lawmakers, nonpartisan staff, lobbyists and the media - receive training "regarding what constitutes inappropriate behavior". Before that, he served in Iowa's House of Representatives starting in 1997. A biography online said he and his wife have three teenage children.

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