Iowa Senate majority leader resigns after video shows him kissing lobbyist

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In the final moments of the short clip, the short haired, blonde woman leaned in and gave Dix a kiss on the lips.

According to Iowa Starting Line, the woman seen with Dix in the video has been a lobbyist of municipality groups for the past two years.

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix's ouster comes after video surfaced on the Iowa Starting Line political website showing the lawmaker "cozying" up to a female lobbyist at the bar, 'Waveland Tap, ' bar in Des Moines.

Iowa Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, left, talks with Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix.

The people who captured the moment on their camera phone say they recognized Dix from media reports, including those surrounding the Senate Republican's sexual harassment trial and settlement.

Whitver said that an election to replace Dix as majority leader will happen Wednesday.

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.

The video shows Republican Bill Dix kissing the unidentified lobbyist. Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines, filled in for Dix at the start of Monday's session and the majority leader did not make any public comments during the day's proceedings.

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The woman in the video, Lindsey McCune, is a lobbyist representing smaller cities within the state of Iowa.

Neither Dix nor the lobbyist responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press. She said she is disappointed in what she is hearing.

Bill Dix talks about the Senate Republicans' efforts to address sexual harassment in their caucus on November 14. The ex-employee filed a lawsuit several years ago claiming she was sacked after reporting misconduct in the workplace that included the use of sexual language. She was awarded $1.75 million past year.

He is also the father of three kids.

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

Anderson was sacked hours after filing a sexual harassment report.

The GOP majority recently hired a human resources manager to address sexual harassment complaints.

"I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard (sic) this amendment through the Iowa House", Dix boasted in 2006, when he ran unsuccessfully for Iowa's 1st Congressional District seat.

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