DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- In a statement, Governor Kim Reynolds says "After hearing the disappointing news about Senator Dix this morning, I believe he made the right decision in stepping down. Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard, and as elected officials, we have an obligation to lead. I look forward to working with new leadership in the Senate on behalf of Iowans."
Sen. Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) is the Iowa Senate Majority Leader.
The Iowa Democratic Party says in a statement "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. It is long past time for Republicans to address how their elected officials act at the Capitol and represent the people of Iowa. Democrats stand ready to once again provide honorable leadership in the Iowa Legislature and put this shameful mess behind us."
The Iowa Senate has released a statement saying Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix has announced his resignation as Majority Leader and State Senator.
The resignation is effective at 2 pm March 12.
The Shell Rock Republican's resignation letter was sent to Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver and Speaker of the Iowa House, Linda Upmeyer.
"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. "Senate Republicans will continue to move the policies Iowans elected us to pursue."
An election to fill the position of Iowa Senate Majority Leader will be held March 14.
A video on a liberal website appears to show the Iowa Senate Majority leader, Bill Dix, flirting and kissing a lobbyist at a Des Moines bar.
Iowa Starting Line published the video Monday. It says the video came from an anonymous person who witnessed the interaction and recognized Sen. Dix from media reports.
Iowa Starting Line says the woman in the video is a lobbyist for a municipality group.
Sen. Dix made headlines earlier this year after the state settled a lawsuit with former Iowa Senate GOP staffer Kirsten Anderson, who claimed she was fired after complaining about sexual harassment in Senate Republican offices. Sen. 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.
Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds told reporters Monday she planned to meet with Sen. Dix about the video.
Sen. Dix office has not commented yet on the video. Sen. Dix is married with three children.