Pam Bondi's remarkable ascent
Yet, in less than a year, the longtime prosecutor beat out a sitting lieutenant governor and two seasoned politicians for the job of Florida attorney general.
"It's a phenomenal feat when you look at the whole playing field," said her former boss, Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober.
She won with timing and hard work, by choosing possibility over comfort. The victory will take Bondi from a job supervising no one to the helm of an office that employs more than 1,200 people.
It started with a phone call from a man in a Baltimore parking lot.