Amy Koch is a small business owner, a political strategist with Hylden Advocacy and Law, and a regular commentator on Minnesota local media. She is frequently quoted on WCCO, MPR, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press and Politics in Minnesota. She is a regular guest on TPT’s Almanac and cohosts 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 was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2005 and served until 2013. She became the first woman ever elected in Minnesota as Senate Majority Leader in 2011. She has been a business owner for close to 20 years in her hometown of Buffalo, Minnesota. Amy graduated with a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University and an MBA from Capella University.