Amy Koch

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Amy Koch
Amy Koch.jpeg
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 19th district
In office
January 5, 2006 – January 7, 2013
Preceded byMark Ourada
Succeeded byKathleen Sheran
10th Minnesota Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 4, 2011 – December 15, 2011
Preceded byLawrence Pogemiller
Succeeded byDavid Senjem
Personal details
Born (1971-10-08) October 8, 1971 (age 47)
Buffalo, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceBuffalo, Minnesota
Alma materConcordia College
Defense Language Institute
St. Cloud State University
Occupationbusiness owner, legislator, veteran
AwardsJoint Service Achievement Medal
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Air Force
Years of service1992-1996
RankSenior Airman[1]
UnitNational Security Agency

Amy T. Koch (born October 8, 1971) is an American politician and the former majority leader of the Minnesota Senate, where she represented portions of Hennepin and Wright counties. She is also a regular commentator for Minnesota local media.


Koch graduated from Buffalo High School in 1990 and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota before deciding to join the Air Force in 1992. It was during her time in the military that she met and married Christopher Koch and gave birth to their daughter, Rachel.

She studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in California, before being assigned to the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland. She graduated with honors at all stages of her military training and received the Joint Service Commendation Medal for her contribution to the intelligence community.

Koch received an honorable discharge in 1996. She attended St. Cloud State University, to finish her Bachelor's degree, and graduated in the spring of 1999.

In 2009, she completed an MBA program through Capella University.

Life and career[edit]

Upon receiving her honorable discharge in 1996, Amy returned to Buffalo, Minnesota. She managed and expanded her family's power utility service company over the next few years. She became active in Republican politics when she returned home. She campaigned for Mark Kennedy and Mary Kiffmeyer when they were first elected office. She also is a former Secretary and Vice Chair of the Senate District 19 Leadership Committee and has been a delegate to her BPOU, Congressional, and State conventions. Koch is also active in her community. She volunteered as an adult leader for 4-H and served as Vice Chair of the St. Francis Xavier Parish Council as well as Liaison to the Education Advisory Board.

A Republican, Koch was first elected to the Senate in a special election held in November, 2005, after Senator Mark Ourada announced his resignation effective December 31, 2005. She was re-elected in the 2006 and 2010 general elections. She previously served as an assistant minority leader, and was the first woman to serve as Majority Leader, and the first Republican to do so since the end of the non-partisan era.

In 2011, Minnesota faced a $6.2 billion deficit. Majority Leader Koch helped integrate twenty new members of her caucus, while negotiating a challenging budget deficit that was turned into a surplus.

In 2016, Koch began working as a political strategist for Hylden Advocacy & Law in Minneapolis.


On December 15, 2011, Koch resigned as the GOP Senate majority leader and announced that she would not seek re-election. Four Republican state senators indicated Koch had an "inappropriate" relationship with the state GOP communications chief Michael Brodkorb. On December 21, Koch apologized for "engaging in a relationship with a Senate staffer," admitted to making "mistakes and errors in judgment," and stated, "It is important that I spend time now focusing on the challenging days ahead as I work through some very personal issues."[2][3]

Koch did not seek another term as senator.[4][5]

Business owner[edit]

Koch is a part owner of HBK Properties LLC in Buffalo.[6][7] In 2013, Koch bought Maple Lake Bowl, a bowling alley just north of her home in Buffalo, MN. Koch owned and operated the bowling alley until she sold it in the summer of 2016.[8]


  1. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart.
  2. ^ "Amy Koch, former state Senate leader, breaks silence about her downfall". January 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Johnson, Luke (March 15, 2012). "Amy Koch Affair: Michael Brodkorb, Fired Minnesota GOP Staffer, Threatens To Expose More Affairs" – via Huff Post.
  4. ^, Amy Koch: Affair gave GOP foes an opportunity, Ex-Senate leader accuses some of her most trusted allies of back-stabbing, lies By Baird Helgeson | Star Tribune | JANUARY 27, 2013 — 4:27PM, [1]
  5. ^ |Amy Koch media saga: Who did what and when By David Brauer | 02/07/13 |[2]
  6. ^ "Minnesota Legislators Past & Present – Legislator Record – Koch, Amy T". Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  7. ^ "Project Vote Smart – Senator Amy T. Koch – Biography". November 22, 2005. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  8. ^ admin (August 24, 2016). "New owner revitalizes Maple Lake Bowl". Maple Lake Messenger. Retrieved January 31, 2019.

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Minnesota Senate
Preceded by
Lawrence Pogemiller
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader
Succeeded by
David Senjem
Preceded by
Mark Ourada
Member of the Minnesota Senate for the 19th District
2006 – 2013
Succeeded by
Kathleen Sheran