DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds will be calling a special election to fill the Iowa Senate seat vacated Bill Dix when he resigned earlier this week, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
"Yes, the governor will call for a special election to fill the seat, but there is not a date nailed down yet," Brenna Smith said in an email. "The governor is working to determine an appropriate date and will be calling for the special election in the near future."
The Code of Iowa provides that, if a vacancy occurs while the Legislature is in session, as 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 apparently would stand for election again at that time.
Dix, a Republican from Shell Rock, resigned his Iowa Senate seat and as majority leader on Monday, following release of a video posted on the online political blog Iowa Starting Line in which he appears to be kissing a lobbyist at a Des Moines bar.
He represented Iowa Senate District 25, which includes all or portions of Butler, Grundy, Hardin and Story counties.