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Governor Reynolds will call special election to fill Dix's Iowa Senate seat

Shell Rock Republican Bill Dix emerged from a closed-door caucus Friday of 29 GOP senators who elected him to serve as Senate majority leader during the 85th Iowa General Assembly when lawmakers convene their 2017 session on Jan. 9. (Rod Boshart, The Gazette)
Shell Rock Republican Bill Dix emerged from a closed-door caucus Friday of 29 GOP senators who elected him to serve as Senate majority leader during the 85th Iowa General Assembly when lawmakers convene their 2017 session on Jan. 9. (Rod Boshart, The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds will be calling a special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Bill Dix when he resigned earlier this week, a spokeperson said today.

No date has been set for the special election, but “the governor is working to determine an appropriate date and will be calling for the special election in the near future,” Brenna Smith said in an email.

The Code of Iowa provides that, if a vacancy occurs while the Legislature is in session, which is currently the case, “the governor shall order a special election at the earliest practical time, giving at least 18 days notice.”

Dix’s seat is up for election this November. Whoever wins the special election would likely stand for election again at that time.

Dix, a Republican from Shell Rock, resigned his Iowa Senate seat and the GOP majority leader on Monday, following release of a video online in which he appears to be kissing a lobbyist at a Des Moines bar.

Dix represented Senate District 25, which includes all or portions of Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties.

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