Senate Republicans released a statement Monday announcing that Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix was resigning effectively at 2 p.m. from his leadership post and as a state senator.
Whitver said that an election to replace Dix as majority leader will happen Wednesday.
The incident caps a swift response from Republicans in the Senate after the liberal website Iowa Starting Line published video and photos showing Dix and a woman together at a Des Moines bar.
The 52-second clip appears to show Dix and the woman canoodling at a bar before kissing. The hook-up reportedly occurred on March 1 at the Waveland Tap, a watering hole about five miles from the Des Moines State Capitol.
On Monday afternoon, Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix resigned from the Senate. In her weekly press conference Monday, Reynolds says she was aware of the reports, but wanted to find out the facts before making a formal statement.
Iowa Starting Line says the woman in the video is a lobbyist for a municipality group. It says it was recorded March 1.
'Because this involves Senator Dix and a lobbyist, there will be questions about the impact of this relationship on legislation, ' she said in a statement.
Dix had already been widely criticized by members of his own party for his handling of the sexual harassment problem in the Senate Republican caucus uncovered by a lawsuit brought by a former staffer.
Dix was not at his Capitol office on Monday, according to the Register, and a spokesman declined to comment on the video.
"First of all, with what little I know", Reynolds said, "I'm certainly disappointed with what I'm hearing". The former employee filed a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct in the workplace.
SHELL ROCK - Union and Democratic activists picketed the home of Iowa Senate Majority Leader... She was awarded $1.75 million past year. He weathered further outrage and calls for him to step down when he refused to make public Senate Republicans' internal investigation into the matter.
Dix has maintained the ex-staffer was sacked for poor performance.
Bill Dix talks about the Senate Republicans' efforts to address sexual harassment in their caucus on November 14.
"This footage would suggest to me that the sexual harassment training was not effective, at least not for Mr. Dix", Katie Ervin Carlson, a local attorney, told Iowa Starting Line.
This is a reelection year for Dix, who serves Iowa's 25th Senate district, which includes all of Hardin County, all of Grundy County and portions of Story and Butler Counties.