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Iowa Majority Leader Sen. Bill Dix resigns after caught on camera kissing lobbyist

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DES MOINES, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) — Republican Bill Dix of Shell Rock, Iowa - majority leader in the Iowa Senate - is resigning today just hours after a video surfaced allegedly showing Sen. Dix kissing a woman at a bar.

The married father of three was spotted in the video released by liberal-leaning blog Iowa Starting Line. Just hours after the video surfaced, the Iowa Senate released a brief statement.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix announced his resignation, as Majority Leader and State Senator, effective at 2 pm today, March 12, 2018. His resignation letter to Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver and Speaker of the Iowa House, Linda Upmeyer in accordance with Iowa Code section 69.4 is attached.

The video posted online by Iowa Starting Line on Monday shows Dix and the woman at the Waveland Tap in Des Moines sitting at the bar on March 1, eventually exchanging a kiss at the end of the 52 second video.

The woman was identified as a lobbyist for Iowa League of Cities, an organization that seeks to sway legislation at the state Capitol. She did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

The video would appear to show a conflict of interest, as Dix decides what legislation makes its way onto the Senate floor.

Last year, Dix came under fire after the state agreed to pay $1.75 million to Kirsten Anderson, a former GOP Senate staffer who was fired for reporting sexual harassment that happened at a caucus office. Dix maintained after the lawsuit that Anderson was fired for poor job performance.

Some members of the Iowa GOP called for Dix's resignation after the lawsuit was revolved. The Iowa GOP has since hired a human resources director to oversee harassment complaints at the state Capitol.

Dix's biography on the Iowa Senate Republican's website said he is married and has three teenage children. His bio was taken down shortly after his resignation was announced.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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