Amy served in the Minnesota Senate 2005-2013, and holds the special honor of being the first woman elected as Senate Majority Leader in our state. 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 the podcast Wrong about Everything. She’s a former Russian linguist for the US 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 student at Clemson University.