Former GOP staffer pleads guilty to DUI

Brodkorb gets one year probation

Michael Brodkorb
Michael Brodkorb

Former GOP staffer Michael Brodkorb pleaded guilty this week to DUI charges and will serve a year probation.

Brodkorb, an Eagan resident, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree DUI, a misdemeanor, on March 13 in Dakota County District Court.

The 39-year-old will be on probation for a year and must complete a chemical assessment, listen to a victim impact panel and remain law-abiding, among other requirements.

Brodkorb was charged last month after blood tests determined he was intoxicated the night he crashed his car into a wall on Interstate 35E in Lilydale.

Brodkorb also was charged with a second count of fourth-degree DUI, careless driving, and no seat belt, which were all dismissed.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found that Brodkorb had an alcohol concentration of 0.10, which is above the legal limit of 0.08.

Brodkorb was seriously injured in the crash and spent several days at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Brodkorb has been at the center of attention after admitting to an affair he had with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, when he was her executive assistant.

He lost his job in December 2011, one day after Koch resigned her leadership position over an “inappropriate relationship” with a staffer.

Last July, Brodkorb filed a lawsuit against the Senate, the state of Minnesota and Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman, claiming gender discrimination. He claims he was treated differently than female staffers who had affairs with male legislators.

The lawsuit, which is pending, is seeking damages in excess of $500,000.