Whitver replaces Dix as Iowa Senate Republican Majority Leader

Whitver represents Iowa Senate District 19, which includes north Des Moines and Ankeny.

Posted: Mar. 14, 2018 10:46 AM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2018 11:41 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Republicans have elected Sen. Jack Whitver as their new majority leader.

Whitver, an Ankeny Republican, was elected Wednesday morning during a closed meeting at the state Capitol. He replaces Bill Dix, who resigned from the leadership role and as a senator on Monday.

Sen. Charles Schneider, a West Des Moines Republican, was elected Senate president. Schneider, who will preside over floor activity in the GOP-controlled chamber, replaces Whitver.

Republicans also chose Sen. Amy Sinclair of Allerton to serve as majority whip. Sen. Jake Chapman of Adel will serve as assistant majority leader.

Dix resigned after the website Iowa Starting Line published video Monday showing the Republican kissing a Statehouse lobbyist at a bar. Republicans haven't indicated what, if any, legislative rules should be updated to address such behavior.

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