You'd be hard pressed to accuse Julie Bishop of disloyalty.
For more than 10 years, the West Australian lawyer with the killer stare and snappy suits has been the Liberal Party's second in command.
She has served as deputy to three leaders, watching from close proximity as each copped the knife.
But it's never been Bishop bearing the fruits of the killing by stepping into the outgoing leader's shoes and should she succeed Malcolm Turnbull, it would be after joining a leadership race in which he wasn't running.
The idea of taking the top job can't be too unfamiliar to the 62-year-old, who was once mooted as a possible WA state Liberal leader.
But that came after she joined federal politics at the 1998 election as Perth's member for Curtin and it's where she opted to stay.
Though WA is her political home-ground, Bishop was born to cherry farmers in Adelaide and attended the city's St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School.
She studied law at Adelaide University and practised as both a solicitor and a barrister before moving to WA with her husband, property developer Neil Gillion.
They later divorced but Bishop stayed put.
Years later in parliament, Labor would query Bishop's role during her legal days in defending building product company CSR from compensation claims by asbestos victims.
She claimed she only acted in accordance with her client's instructions and on advice from some of WA's most senior barristers.
It was in the Howard government in 2003 that Bishop joined the frontbench as aged care minister.
John Howard rewarded her with the education portfolio and made her responsible for women's issues in 2006 but it was short-lived with the government falling in the November 2007 Ruddslide.
She was elected deputy Liberal leader under opposition leader Brendan Nelson after the 2007 poll and was handed the shadow employment and workplace relations role.
When Nelson's leadership imploded 11 months later she remained deputy under Malcolm Turnbull and took on the shadow treasury role.
Widely considered a failure in the portfolio, she stepped aside months later and shifted to foreign affairs - a job in which she has thrived to this day.
Incoming leader Tony Abbott kept her by his side after his one-vote party room win over Turnbull in December 2009 and she kept the portfolio after Labor scraped into minority government in 2010.
As Abbott shunted the train wreck that was federal Labor in 2013, Australia's first female foreign minister faced some tough challenges.
But she reaped the benefits of Labor's lobbying for a United Nations Security Council seat, making the most of it to tackle issues including Iran, Islamic State's rise in Iraq and Syria and shaming Russia over the MH17 tragedy.
The families of the Malaysian Airline disaster victims appreciated her deep and ongoing interest and sympathetic response.
She undoubtedly played a key role in healing the damage caused to relations with Indonesia by Labor's live cattle debacle, turning back boats and the Indonesian president phone tapping scandal.
At times, her profile has put her ahead of Turnbull in the popularity stakes.
In a March 2017 poll by Roy Morgan, 30 per cent of people surveyed said she was their preferred Liberal Party leader, compared to 27 per cent for Turnbull and 5 per cent for Peter Dutton.
But however her fate plays out in the party, there seems little chance the eager runner, whose Instagram account bears no shortage of evidence of her fashionable wardrobe, will slow down any time soon.
Asked in 2013 if she could withstand several terms of government as foreign minister, the reportedly indefatigable Bishop was unwavering.
"Absolutely," she said without a moment's hesitation.
"You have to have inexhaustible supplies of energy to be a federal politician from Western Australia anyway."
Australian Associated Press