Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock on Monday made his way onto the cover of “Men’s Health,” posing shirtless and showing off his six-pack for the magazine’s June 2011 issue.
While Schock didn’t go quite as far as Brown – who as a 22-year-old law student in 1982 posed nude for Cosmopolitan and won the magazine’s “America’s Sexiest Man” contest – the 29-year-old congressman had the distinction of being dubbed “America’s Fittest Congressman” by the men’s fitness magazine.
Shock appeared on the magazine’s cover as part of his effort to launch a nationwide “Fit for Life Summer Challenge” program. The “Men’s Health” story noted that Schock – who is unmarried and is the youngest sitting congressman – is roughly half the average age of all members of Congress.
“To understand just how unusual Schock’s body politic is, consider this: The average age of a member of Congress is 57,” the article states. “The combined age of the two U.S. senators representing Hawaii is 172. Schock—the first U.S. rep born in the 1980s—is young enough to be the son of most of his peers, and the grandson of many.”
On Monday, Schock and his chiseled abs drew the attention of politicos on both sides of the aisle.
“Two things need to happen....” tweeted Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who like Schock is a member of the House class of 2008.
“1) I need to do more sit ups. Ok, perhaps I could start with doing 10,” Chaffetz wrote. “2) Aaron, dude, my friend, seriously you need to go to Five Guys with me for a Little Bacon Cheeseburger. Or perhaps the bacon dog extra mayo.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also noticed Schock’s “Men’s Health” debut and responded with a mock magazine cover that included a jab at the lawmaker’s support for Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) 2012 budget proposal.
“Who needs Medicare when you’ve got abs like these?” the DCCC’s mock cover reads.