(Ambassador Mary Kramer)
(Des Moines, Iowa) Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix is appointing Ambassador Mary Kramer to advise the Senate, in workplace reform matters. Dix says Kramer will assist in their efforts to improve the workplace culture.
The move comes after a sexual harassment lawsuit, and settlement. Kramer, a former H-R professional, will advise the senate on a voluntary basis.
Dix says the Iowa Senate will also reengage in joint efforts with the House of Representatives to identify and procure human resources assistance for the Iowa General Assembly. Dix says, by the end of this week, the Iowa Senate will also release the internal review document that was compiled in response to the Kirsten Anderson verdict.
“I want to thank Ambassador Kramer for accepting this appointment as an Advisor to the Senate. Mary spent her career as a human resources professional and is known as a tireless advocate for women in the workforce and for ensuring our workplaces are free of harassment and discrimination of any kind. She has graciously agreed to assist the Senate as we work to make important improvements to the employment culture," said Dix.
“As this process has unfolded, it has become clear to me that we are in need of change and our employees deserve better. Sexual harassment is a serious issue in the American workplace and Senate Republicans are going to use this regrettable incident to show Iowans and Americans how it is appropriately addressed,” Dix continued.
“I was proud to serve in the Iowa Senate and to help lead Senate Republicans for many years. It was with much dismay I have watched the current situation unfold and have concluded there is serious need for culture reform in the Iowa Senate. I have accepted Senator Dix’s invitation to serve as an Advisor because, as a result of my conversations with him, I am convinced he is sincerely committed to ensuring that employees of the Iowa Senate work in a safe and healthy environment, " said Kramer