Senate Majority Leader resigns as video shows inappropriate conduct

DES MOINES - Iowa's Majority Leader has resigned from the Senate. 

In a statement from the Iowa Senate, Bill Dix announced his resignation effective 2 p.m. Monday. The statement reads: 

"Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix announced his resignation, as Majority Leader and State Senator, effective at 2 pm today, March 12, 2018. His resignation letter to Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver and Speaker of the Iowa House, Linda Upmeyer in accordance with Iowa Code section 69.4 is attached."

Senator Jack Whitver released a statement, saying: "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."

Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix's character is in question on Monday after video of him appears to show him in a romantic relationship with a female who is not his wife.

In an article posted by Iowa Starting Line Monday morning, video and pictures taken on March 1 by bar patrons at the Waveland Tap in Des Moines appear to show a woman and Dix being intimate. Iowa Starting Line has given Local 5 permission to use the video captured by a bar patron. Local 5 is choosing not to name the woman until multiple sources confirm her identity.

Local 5 asked Gov. Kim Reynolds for a comment about the article. 

"Elected leaders are held to a higher standard," said Reynolds. She is requesting a meeting with Sen. Dix this afternoon. She doesn't want to comment until she speaks to Dix and has all the facts.

Local 5's Chief Political Correspondent Amanda Krenz is at the statehouse and will have more updates on this story throughout the day. 

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