Amy served in the Minnesota Senate from 2005 to 2013, and holds the special honor of being the first and only woman elected as Senate Majority Leader in Minnesota. During her time in the Senate, she served on Transportation, K-12 Education and Higher Education, Energy and Jobs and Economic Development committees, and built a deep knowledge about these areas of public policy. She is a small business owner, an education reform activist and a regular commentator on Minnesota local media. She’s frequently quoted by WCCO, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press and Politics in Minnesota. She is a regular guest on TPT’s Almanac and co-host of the Wrong about Everything podcast. She’s a former Russian linguist for the United States Air Force and the National Security Agency, where she was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for her contributions to the intelligence community. Amy is the mother of Rachel Koch, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth.