Hardin County's State Senator Bill Dix resigns

Sergio Conner
March 13, 2018

The incident caps a swift response from Senate Republicans after Iowa Starting Line posted video and photos on Monday showing Dix and the woman sitting together at a Des Moines bar. It lasts about 52 seconds and shows Dix and the woman kissing.

That website said the video came from an anonymous person who saw the two in a bar and recognized Sen. Dix.

Reynolds told reporters Monday she was "disappointed" about the allegation against Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix.

"Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard, and as elected officials, we have an obligation to lead", she said.

In a short statement, Dix announced his resignation as majority leader and state senator, effective at 2 p.m. Monday.

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"I want to know the facts", Reynold said, according to the Des Moines Register. She said she is disappointed in what she is hearing.

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Responding to the fracas, Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, called the video a 'serious matter'.

Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation. "Dix's failure to take any responsibility for the $1.75 million settlement that resulted from the sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation against former Senate Republican staffer Kirsten Anderson by Republican senators and staff".

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.

Past year she was awarded a $2.1 million settlement for wrongful dismissal.

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.

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

Dix is a farmer from Shell Rock.

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