Hardin County's State Senator Bill Dix resigns


Bill Dix, 55, was allegedly recorded kissing the lobbyist at a bar in Des Moines on March 1.

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

Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix has resigned from the State Senate.

"Dix, "...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".

Witver's statement continued by saying Senate Republicans to move their policies forward.

While Dix declined to "elaborate" on the circumstances surrounding his resignation as majority leader and as state senator, ashen faced Iowa Republican lawmakers found themselves forced to respond to alluding rumors, with Republican Senate President Jack Whitver issuing a statement.

Senate President Jack Whitver released a statement concerning the resignation.

Legislative leaders in the Republican-controlled Iowa House have not commented on Dix, who had been a top Republican in the Senate for several years. She said she is disappointed in what she is hearing.

"We have in essence legalized discrimination, which I believe is a very risky and unfortunate thing to be doing", he remarked, with State Senator Herman Quirmbach agreeing that while student organizations have the right to be formed around a set of beliefs, they do not have the right to "discriminate on the basis of status". Also, Senate Republican Caucus staffers shared that "there is an environment on the Senate Floor with Senators making sexually suggestive comments or about sexual preferences" with one alleged instance happening during the 2017 session. He represented Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties.

Anderson was sacked hours after filing a sexual harassment report. He weathered further outrage and calls for him to step down when he refused to make public Senate Republicans' internal investigation into the matter. Dix claimed it was due to poor work performance.

Dix is a third-generation farmer who was born and raised in Iowa.

Dix released findings of an investigation into Senate culture earlier this year that led to the creation of a human resources manager overseeing legislative culture.

Earlier in the day, Gov. Kim Reynolds expressed "extreme disappointment" and told reporters at her 11 a.m. weekly news conference she planned to meet privately with the Senate majority leader to discuss the situation and get more information concerning the video posted on the Iowa Starting Line blog.