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Work remained to finish the Minnesota state budget on July 14, when Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch briefs reporters on budget talks with Gov. Mark Dayton and Hoiuse Speaker Kurt Zellers. On Thursday, she announced she is leaving her leadership post and not running for the Senate again. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Koch resignation shocks Minnesota politicians

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ST. PAUL -- The first woman to lead the Minnesota Senate is leaving, saying she wants to spend time with family and work in the private sector.

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Amy Koch, 40, shocked her colleagues Thursday when she wrote to them saying she would quit immediately as majority leader, in the job just a year, and not seek re-election to the Senate.

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