Amy grew up on a large beef farm in Richville, Minnesota. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where she received degrees in Philosophy and Political Science, with minors in Business and English, summa cum laude. She went on to study law and receive her JD at the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Currently, Amy and her husband, Peter, live in rural New York Mills, where Peter is an organic dairy farmer. Amy and Peter have four children, Irene, Creed, Teeg & Steel.