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Minnesota Senate leader Koch steps down

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

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.

She was not specific about why she is quitting in the letter or an interview with Forum Communications.

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