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Amy Koch
Minnesota State Senate District 19
Former Member
In office
2005 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSaint Cloud University
Date of birthOctober 8, 1971
Place of birthChatham Township, MN
ProfessionEmployee, National Security Agency
Senate Office website
Amy Koch (b. October 8, 1971) is a former Republican member of the Minnesota State Senate, representing District 19 from 2005 to 2013. She previously served as State Senate Majority Leader. She resigned from the position in December 2011 after "engaging in a relationship with a Senate staffer."[1] She was first elected to the senate in a special election in 2005.

Koch graduated from St. Cloud State with her Bachelor's Degree in 1999 and also served in the US Air Force on active duty from 1992 to 1996. Koch is also a business owner when the legislature is not in session.

In May 2011, Governing Magazine named Koch one of 17 "GOP Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities like leadership, ambition, and political potential.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Koch served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Koch served on these committees:



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Koch won re-election to the 19th District Seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Jim Bischoff ran for the seat on the DFL ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Minnesota State Senate, District 19 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Amy Koch (R) 27184 68.50%
Jim Bischoff (DFL) 12466 31.41%
Write-In 37 0.09%


On November 7, 2006, Koch won re-election to the 19th District Seat in the Minnesota State Senate, defeating Todd Edward Ketchel (DFL).[4]

Minnesota State Senate, District 19 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Amy Koch (R) 23,524 61.35%
Todd Edward Ketchel (DFL) 14,780 38.55%
Write-In 39 0.10%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Koch received $37,542 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Minnesota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Amy Koch's campaign in 2010
Public Fund$12,727
Wright County Rpm$1,000
Minnesota Oncology Hematology$500
Minnesota Telecommunication Alliance$500
Minnesota Corn State PAC (FKA Minnesota Corp)$500
Total Raised in 2010 $37,542


In 2006, Koch collected $23,821 in donations.[6]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Public Fund $14,171
Wright County Republican Party of Minnesota $1,200
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association $500
Small Independent Telephone Companies/SITCO $500
Natasha Bjorback $300


Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[7]


Koch received a score of 43% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 33rd out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[8]


Koch received a score of 77% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 27th out of all 67 Minnesota State Senate members.[9]

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District 19

Koch represents Minnesota Senate District 19. District 19 includes Wright County[10].


Amy is married to Christopher Koch. The have one child and reside in Buffalo, Minnesota.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minnesota State Senate District 19
Succeeded by
Kathy Sheran (DFL)