After Dix's resignation, Iowa GOP senators vow to finish strong

After Dix's resignation, Iowa GOP senators vow to finish strong

Pictured, Republican Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix on his wedding day with then new wife, Gerri Dix.

"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 of Dix's resignation.

Dix is married with three children.

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.

Senator Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, says he and his colleagues were surprised.

State Sen. Rob Hogg confirmed to KCCI that the lobbyist in the video is Lindsey McCune.

Neither Dix nor the lobbyist responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press or WHO TV.

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'.

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"This is an unfortunate end for Senator Dix, one which clearly demonstrates that the Senate Republicans have done nothing, besides firing the victim, to address the serious issues of sexual harassment that continue to plague their caucus and party", the statement read.

Dix did not comment on the circumstances surrounding his resignation as majority leader and as state senator, though Republican Senate President Jack Whitver alluded to the website's allegations in a statement. The former employee filed a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct in the workplace. 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.

GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters Monday morning she planned to meet with Dix in the afternoon. To date the woman has declined all media overtures for comment.

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.

Anderson was sacked hours after filing a sexual harassment report.

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

After the lawsuit, both the House and Senate hired a human resources director to handle harassment complaints.

Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber plan to elect a new majority leader on Wednesday. Before that, he served in Iowa's House of Representatives starting in 1997.