Iowa state Senator Bill Dix resigned on Monday, not long after video footage became public of the Republican lawmaker kissing a woman who was not his wife but a lobbyist at the statehouse.
The Senate leader's stunning resignation came only a few hours after the Iowa Starting Line political website posted a 52-second video in which Dix and a female lobbyist are shown sitting next to each other on barstools, reportedly at the Waveland Tap at 4704 University Ave. in Des Moines. In the final seconds of the video, the woman leans over and she and Dix kiss.
Dix, who is married with three children, has billed himself a staunch defender of family values.
“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.”
Now, Dix has resigned, just hours after the tavern video footage went public Monday.
[Iowa Senate President Jack] Whitver issued a statement Monday afternoon regarding Dix's departure. "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," the Senate president said. Earlier in the day, Whitver said he was "absolutely” unaware of any relationship between Dix and another woman and that he had no knowledge about the video that appeared online.