Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) was caught kissing a woman inside a bar (who certainly was not his wife).
The incident was posted on a popular political website in the area before catching wind all over the nation, forcing the married lawmaker with three children, who ran on a “family values” agenda, to resign.
“Effective at 2pm today, Bill Dix resigned his position as Majority Leader and State Senator. 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,” said Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver in a statement.
The video was taken inside the Waveland Tap bar in Des Moines and shows a woman lobbyist leaning over and giving Dix a kiss. The woman’s name is unknown at this time but she represents “various municipality groups.”
As a lobbyist, her professional duties require her to “influence” Dix on legislation. We’d say she appears to be doing a very good job at that.
Dix co-sponsored a constitutional amendment which defines marriage between a man and a woman in 2006, saying at the time that gay marriage violated “family values.”
“I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard (sic) this amendment through the Iowa House,”he said. “Liberal activist judges are threatening our family values and you can count on me to be a leader in Congress who will stand up to them and work to pass this amendment to the United States Constitution.”
Dix has served in the Iowa legislature for 18 years and has been the Republican Caucus leader since 2013.
Governor Kim Reynolds said she would be meeting with Dix later in the day to determine all the facts.
“Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard. They expect us to lead, and I expect to lead,” Reynolds said. “But I want to know the facts. I’m extremely disappointed with what I’m hearing, but until I have an opportunity to hear his story I’m not going to comment.”