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DES MOINES —  Iowa Senate Republicans have named Senate President Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, as the chamber’s majority leader.

Whitver, 37, was selected Wednesday, during a closed-door caucus of the 28-member Senate GOP majority. He has served as the chamber’s presiding officer since January 2017.

“It’s a new day in Iowa and we’re excited to get to work,” Whitver told reporters after the meeting.

The GOP caucus chose Sen. Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines, to replace him as Senate president.

The leadership change came after Monday’s abrupt resignation of former Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, who was an 18-year veteran of the Iowa Legislature. Dix left his leadership and District 25 positions after a video surfaced online that appeared to show him kissing a female lobbyist in a Des Moines bar.

Whitver was elected to the Senate in a special election and has served since January 2011. He is a lawyer and has a sports training business, and is married with three children. The former Iowa State University football player also served as an assistant coach with the Iowa Barnstormers Arena League football team from 2008 to 2011.

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