Bill Dix has resigned after kissing video released (READ THE LETTER)

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

The incident caps a swift response from Republicans in the chamber after the liberal website Iowa Starting Line published video and photos showing Dix and a woman together at a bar.

"I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard (sic) this amendment through the Iowa House", Dix boasted in 2006, when he ran unsuccessfully for Iowa's 1st Congressional District seat. The video shows Dix sitting with a woman - identified as a lobbyist for various municipality groups by the blog.

The bar, Waveland Tap, is a ten-minute drive from the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Kim Reynolds was asked about the video in her Monday press conference. The woman did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press. Iowans hold their elected officials to a high standard, and as elected officials, we have an obligation to lead'.

The people who captured the moment on their camera phone say they recognized Dix from media reports, including those surrounding the Senate Republican's sexual harassment trial and settlement.

"First of all, with what little I know", Reynolds said, "I'm certainly disappointed with what I'm hearing". I want to know the facts.

But by early afternoon, Dix made the decision to end his Senate stay in the final year of his second term.

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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.

Bill Dix making out video- screen shot.Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix: a history of sexual misconduct strife.... "We don't need this ongoing story about where Senate Republican leadership is on these issues dealing with women".

Senate Democrats released a statement calling the incident a "serious matter".

Dix has recently gained notoriety after he fired a Senate Republican staffer after she complained of a toxic work environment. She declined further comment at the time about the allegation.

Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen issued a statement raising the possibility that state policy had been affected by Dix's relationship with the lobbyist.

Bill Dix talks about the Senate Republicans' efforts to address sexual harassment in their caucus on November 14.

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