With three children under five, a sizeable electorate and a big dairy farm to look after, Otaki MP Nathan Guy may well have pleaded he had enough on his plate when John Key offered him a ministerial post.
But he is confident he can make the step up after being named to replace Richard Worth.
Mr Guy's appointment as a minister outside Cabinet is the latest milestone in his rapid rise through National's ranks. He entered Parliament as a list MP in 2005 and was made senior whip the traditional stepping stone to a ministerial post after last year's election.
We like what we've seen of Nathan Guy. He looks to be a straight-up sort, and in defeating Darren Hughes in the Otaki electorate last year after a close loss in 2005, he clearly has strong community support. But what we like the most is that he is another in John Key's executive who has earned his living via private enterprise and his own hard work. That makes a refreshing chance from the line-up of academics and trade union officials in Helen Clark's executive.
We wish Nathan Guy every success in his new role.