Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix Resigns from the Iowa Senate

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix Resigns from the Iowa Senate

The website says the incident was recorded March 1.

Witnesses told the website that they recognized Dix - who is married with three children - from recent news of a $1.75 million settlement reached with a former communication staffer for the Iowa Senate Republicans who claimed she was sacked in 2013 over her sexual harassment claims.

Republican State Senator Amy Sinclair recently introduced a bill that would require Iowa's public colleges and universities to formally recognize and respect the right of student organizations to impose religious requirements for leadership positions, as well as banning so-called "free speech zones".

"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 of Dix's resignation.

Witver's statement continued by saying Senate Republicans to move their policies forward.

Whitver said that an election to replace Dix as majority leader will happen Wednesday. He sent a resignation letter to Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, and House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, in accordance with Iowa Code requirement. The video shows Dix sitting with a woman - identified as a lobbyist for various municipality groups by the blog.

The 55-year-old State Senator served Iowa Senate District 25 that consists of Butler, Grundy, Hardin, and western Story Counties.

"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 said at the time. "I expect to lead".

Sen. David Johnson, an Ocheyedan independent who left the Republican Party in 2016 over differences with now-GOP President Donald Trump, said he had not seen the video but noted he had heard similar reports about Dix prior to Monday's posting of the video.

"It's a disgrace to the majority party caucus". Dix from media reports. He weathered further outrage and calls for him to step down when he refused to make public Senate Republicans' internal investigation into the matter. Over the summer, Iowa Senate Republicans lost a harassment lawsuit filed against them by former communications director Kirsten Anderson to the tune of $2.2 Million.

The Iowa Legislature has since hired a human resources director to oversee harassment complaints at the state Capitol.

Kim Reynolds was asked about the video in her Monday press conference.