March 21, 2018

Married lawmaker resigns after reportedly making out with lobbyist

13 March 2018, 05:59 | Opal Carroll

People walk down the staircase at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday

People walk down the staircase at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday

(Des Moines) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she wants to sit down and get the facts after a video surfaced Monday appearing to show Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix kissing a lobbyist in a bar. To date the woman has declined all media overtures for comment.

But that might just be the beginning of things rather than the sweeping of matters aside under the ocean. "I'm extremely disappointed in what I'm hearing but until I have an opportunity to hear the story I'm not going to comment yet".

Senate File 2344 was introduced in the wake of an incident at the University of Iowa, where a university recognized student group called Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) was stripped of its recognized status after a student had accused BLinC of denying him a leadership position because he is "openly gay".

Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, released a statement calling the video a "serious matter".

Petersen used her statement to reiterate her criticism of Dix for how he handled a recent sexual misconduct case within the chamber, which involved former Senate GOP staffer, Kirsten Anderson. She recently won a $1.75 million settlement from the state.

The incident led to Senator Dix coming under scrutiny for his role in firing Anderson hours after she reported a toxic work environment, with the lawmaker continuing to insist firing the staffer exclusively for job performance reasons.

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Judge Rana also allowed Karti to carry his spectacles and medicines as per prescription, subject to the approval of Jail doctor. The Delhi court ordered the jail authorities to ensure that adequate security is provided to Karti Chidambaram until March 24.

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

A married Republican senate leader has stepped down after video emerged showing him making out with a woman in a bar. "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 55-year-old State Senator served Iowa Senate District 25 that consists of Butler, Grundy, Hardin, and western Story Counties.

Dix had already been widely criticized by members of his own party for his handling of the sexual harassment problem in the Senate Republican caucus uncovered by a lawsuit brought by a former staffer.

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.

Reynolds said she hoped the majority party leaders could "move on" with the 2018 session in pushing plans to cut taxes, balance the budget and address other priorities would not be impacted by Monday's development. He became majority leader after GOP lawmakers took control of the chamber following the 2016 election.

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