Four years ago Will Hodgman lead Tasmania's Liberal Party out of the political wilderness and to convincing victory.
With a 12 per cent swing and 15 of 25 seats, it was the first time in 16 years the Liberals had formed government on the island state.
It ended eight long years in opposition for Mr Hodgman in his third election tilt.
It was also the largest majority for any government since the establishment of the 25-member parliament in 1998.
The son of a Fraser government minister and grandson of a state politician it was a career coming-of-age for Mr Hodgman.
The past 12 months though haven't been as rosy.
Significantly, the Liberals' plan to takeover council-operated water network TasWater and introduce mandatory sentences for assault on off-duty police didn't get through parliament.
Mr Hodgman's approval rating has dropped 15 points from the start of last year to 35 per cent, according to a EMRS poll released in December.
Labor opposition leader Rebecca White's popularity sits at 48 per cent, with the two major parties neck-and-neck at 34 points.
But throughout, the father-of-three has stayed publicly upbeat.
"I believe fundamentally that Tasmanians trust me and my team to deliver," he said on Sunday at New Norfolk after calling the March 3 poll.
Mr Hodgman was born in 1969 and grew up in a Catholic family in Hobart before attending elite private Hutchins School and the University of Tasmania.
He spent a year in England with his family in 1995, working for the Wiltshire County Council, prosecuting cases of child abuse and neglect.
He was elected in 2002 in Franklin where he paid tribute to his father Michael, who died in 2013 the year before Mr Hodgman became premier after two previous attempts.
"(He was a) tremendous role model and a great source of love and motivation," Mr Hodgman said.
"He has not sought to intrude or influence or to play any greater role than that of a supportive and proud father, and for that I am extremely fortunate and immensely grateful."
Mr Hodgman has three children with English wife, Nicky, who he met working in Britain.
His lighter side came to the fore in January when he took the stage with American folk punk rockers Violent Femmes in Launceston wearing a pink jumpsuit.
"I've played guitar for years and this particular song I've been hassling Brian Ritchie from the Violent Femmes for years, saying please I would love to just jam with you guys," Mr Hodgman told local media.